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Jakarta Post

Homestay caretaker arrested for stealing from tourist, drug possession

  • News Desk

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, July 31, 2018   /   04:55 pm
Homestay caretaker arrested for stealing from tourist, drug possession A homestay caretaker, identified as MK, accused of stealing money from a tourist on Tidung Island in Thousand Islands regency on July 29, is seen during a crime reconstruction. (Warta Kota/Junianto Hamonangan)

A Tidung Island homestay caretaker, identified as MK, has been arrested for stealing money from a tourist and for possessing sabu (crystal methamphetamine).  

Thousand Islands Police chief Sr. Adj. Comr. Victor Siagian said that the police immediately investigated the Puri Tidung Homestay after the tourist reported that some of her belongings were missing.

“The victim reported that her money, about 600 euros and US$101, equal to Rp 11.5 million, was missing. She said she had left the money in a small bag when she went out to eat,” Victor said on Tuesday, as reported by

He said when the police arrived at the premises, the victim’s room was locked but the window had been left open and the victim’s belongings were in disarray. The police questioned the homestay caretaker for information.

“The caretaker was jittery and panicked when being questioned, so the officers became suspicious of him. We went through his room and found two small plastic bags of sabu,” he said.

“On the suspect’s cellphone, we found a communication about converting euros. The suspect confessed that he had taken the victim’s money and had hid it at the back of the homestay under a rock,” he said.

He said the police confiscated six 100 euro bills, one $10 bill and two small plastic bags of sabu weighing 0.54 grams, and had taken the suspect to the police station for further investigation. (ami)