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Debt-ridden chauffeur accused of robbing employer

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    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sun, May 19, 2019   /   03:56 pm
Debt-ridden chauffeur accused of robbing employer A chauffeur is accused of robbing his employer, a gas station owner, to pay off a debt and for his child's tuition fees. (Shutterstock/File)

The owner of a gas station located on Jl. Hang Tuah Raya, Kebayoran Baru, South Jakarta, Hartono Sugimin, never thought he would be accusing his personal driver, identified as S, who had been working for him for the past four years, of robbing him on May 16.

Hartono lost Rp 84 million (US$5,800) in the incident.

The Jakarta Police arrested S after he was questioned as a witness. Police claim he confessed to the crime.

The deputy chief of the Jakarta Police's crime unit, Sr. Adj. Comr. Ade Ary, alleged that S had staked out his boss to learn the right time to rob him.

Police claim that S told them that he had regularly seen Hartono receive money from his gas station business between 8 and 9 o'clock every night at his house, which is also in Kebayoran Baru.

“The suspect had known that,” Ade said on Saturday as quoted by kompas.com.

Police allege that prior to the attack S hid an iron bar near a pole. They claim S disabled some CCTV cameras installed in Hartono’s house by cutting the wires.

That evening, one of Hartono’s staff members, DP, delivered the money they had earned that day. Police are accusing S of entering the house soon after DP left, hitting Hartono on the head, taking the money and fleeing the scene.

In a panic, Hartono called DP and told him about the incident. At that moment, Hartono did not suspect the identity of the robber.

DP rushed back to Hartono’s house to take him to Pertamina Central Hospital (RSPP). One of his ears was bleeding and there was a lump on his head.

After receiving a report of the robbery, police questioned some witnesses, including DP and S.

“S’ answers and alibi could not be proven,” Ade alleged. "We examined him intensively until he confessed."

The police raided S’ boarding room in Mampang, also in South Jakarta, and said they found Rp 84 million in cash.

Ade added that S told the police he has a Rp 25 million debt to a bank and a cooperative. Police claim he said he is also in desperate need of money to pay for his child’s school tuition.

“[S] had been working for four years. His relationship with the victim was good. He [allegedly] did it for the money,” he said.

Ade said S would be charged under the Article 365 of the Criminal Code on theft with abuse. The article carried a maximum punishment of nine years in prison upon conviction. (vla)