Three Foreigners Robbed in One Day

The Bali Times

Police are hunting criminals after three foreigners were robbed on the same day last week. And a Spanish tourist has reported losses totalling Rp22 million (US$2,337) after her bag was snatched in Seminyak on Sunday.

On Thursday (February 4) an Australian man lost cash, a mobile phone, camera and credit cards from his car after he went to find help following a puncture.  The incident took place on Jl Bypass Ngurah Rai in Sanur.  Also in Sanur last Thursday a Dutch tourist had her bag snatched by a motorbike bandit on Jl Danau Tamblingan. Her total loss was estimated by police at Rp32 million (US$3,400).

Elsewhere, a German citizen, Hannes Bublitz, who lives in South Kuta, had a laptop computer and €700 ($962) stolen from his house.

Three days later, in another bag-snatching incident, a Spanish woman, Eva Etiro, lost a wallet, digital camera, mobile telephone, a gold item and two credit cards to an unidentified thief near the Kawan minimarket in Seminyak.

Denpasar Police spokesman Ketut Suwetra said that security would be increased in key tourist areas in response to the incidents, but he urged vigilance from visitors and residents following the recent spate of crimes targeting foreigners in Bali.

Two young men, whose ages were given as around 18, and a 16-year-old youth from Karangasem each face up to nine years in jail for theft with violence after police arrested them for allegedly snatching bags from tourists in 10 locations in Kuta and Petitenget.

A fourth robber plus the mastermind of the operation and the receiver of the stolen goods were still at large, according to Badung Police on Sunday.

All six suspects are from Munti Gunung village in the Kubu district of Karangasem.

Police arrested the three in Kuta as part of their investigation into the mugging of an Australian outside Hu’u Bar in Kerobokan last month.

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