The Jakarta Post
The Pesanggrahan Police in South Jakarta have arrested four men who are accused of robbery by first flattening the tires of their victims’ cars.
The four suspects are accused of deliberately scattering nails on busy roads and causing flat tires, tricking their victims into stopping their cars, said Pesanggrahan Police chief Comr. Maulana Jali Karespesina.
“The suspects first spread nails on the street. Afterwards, one of them would follow the car and tell the car driver that his tire was flat. When the driver gets out of the car to check [the tire], the rest of the gang would appear and rob [the driver],” Maulana said on Saturday as reported by kompas.com.
In order to avoid suspicion, the suspects wore the familiar jackets of app-based motorcycle taxi drivers.
They were arrested on Thursday at their hideout in Bogor, West Java, and taken to the Pesanggrahan Police for further investigation.
The investigation and subsequent arrest were made following a report filed by a victim named Asmari, 45, who was robbed in front of Suyoto Hospital on Jl. R. C Veteran, South Jakarta, on July 25.
Police’s preliminary investigation suggested that the four suspects were part of gang from Lubuk Linggau in South Sumatra. (gis)