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Serial bag snatchers targeting tourists nabbed in Kuta

  • Ni Komang Erviani

    The Jakarta Post

Kuta   /   Thu, July 5, 2018   /   10:37 am
Serial bag snatchers targeting tourists nabbed in Kuta Kuta Police in Bali present three bag-snatching suspects and evidence during a press briefing in Kuta on Wednesday. (JP/Ni Komang Erviani)

Kuta Police in Bali have arrested three suspected serial bag snatchers who reportedly preyed on female foreign tourists.

Pandu Sudrajat, 26, one of the suspects, was arrested at a boarding house in Legian, Kuta on June 28. Police shot him in the leg for reportedly resisting arrest.

The two other arrested suspects are M. Arif and Abdulah, who, along with Pandu, are suspected of being members of a bag-snatching syndicate operating in Kuta, an area famous for its nightclubs and beach.

The suspects have been involved in 15 bag-snatching cases in Kuta in the last two months, claimed Kuta Police detective unit chief First. Insp. Aan Saputra on Wednesday.

“A Chinese woman sustained an injury after she fell when snatchers on a motorcycle tried to grab her bag,” Aan said.

Police are searching for another suspected member of the syndicate named Rudi.

“We, once again, remind people to be careful. Please keep your belongings safe,” Kuta police chief Adj. Comr. Ricki Fandlianshah said. (ipa)