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Police arrest alleged thieves pretending to be PLN officers

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    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, October 3, 2018   /   01:05 pm
Police arrest alleged thieves pretending to be PLN officers Four people who allegedly stole from houses by pretending to be officers of state-owned electricity company PLN were arrested on Tuesday. (shutterstock via tempo.co/-)

The Jakarta police have arrested four people who allegedly stole from houses in affluent neighborhood by pretending to be officers of state-owned electricity company PLN.

Jakarta police spokesperson Sr. Comr. Argo Yuwono said on Tuesday that police had only managed to apprehend four out of the six members of the team. 

"We are still looking for the remaining two members of this team," he said as quoted by tempo.co.

Two of the alleged thieves caught by the police identified as HDN, 48, and DH, 47, took the roles of pretending to be PLN officers, while the other two, 42-year-old AA and 29-year-old JN waited on their motorcycles.

The last operation they conducted was in one of the houses on Jl. Ramayana in Duren Sawit, East Jakarta in late September. 

"They managed to take Rp 10 million (US$663) in cash and 57 grams of gold in their last operation," Argo said.

They usually target houses that only have household assistants living in them. 

After they had found their target, two of the members were supposed to distract the assistant by talking to them. 

Meanwhile, the other two broke into the house's safe and took valuables by using a hex key, wrenches, a mini screwdriver and other modified tools that have been confiscated by the police as evidence. (ris)