Gilles Thomas Allcard William (43) from the UK has been in police custody in North Kuta since 29 November 2022.
As reported by NusaBali.com, the Englishman was caught in possession of a stolen customized Scorpio motorcycle owned by an Australian expatriate in Bali, Anthony James Mcinerheney (59).
Police arrested William on Jalan Tegal Sari in the Village of Tububeneng, North Kuta, approximately 8 hours after Mcinerhenry reported his motorcycle missing. Mcinerhenry told police that he had spent hundreds of millions of Rupiahs in modifying and customizing the bike.
Officer Ketut Sudana, a spokesman for the Badung Police Precinct, said on Wednesday, 30 November 2022, that the motorcycle was stolen off Jalan Pantai Batu Bejan in Canggu, North Kuta, the previous Monday at around 9:00 am. The theft of the bike was easily accomplished because the bike was on and running when William allegedly snatched the vehicle.
Police postulate that the UK national saw the motorcycle idling at the location of the theft and used the opportunity to steal the bike just moments before Mcinerhenry realized his motorcycle had been snatched.
After undertaking a search of the surrounding area, the Australian reported the theft to the Police. The police rushed to the location of the crime and interviewed witnesses to the incident. The evidence collected by police led to the eventual arrest of Gilles William, who was traced to a residence in the Village of Tibubeneng, North Kuta. Police found the stolen motorcycle at William’s residence
A subsequent report published by Kompas.com revealed that William had only recently completed a narcotic rehabilitation program following his arrest in April 2019 for cocaine possession. Anggiat Napitupulu, the head of Bali’s Regional office of the Ministry of Law and Human Rights, said the Englishman was imprisoned in Indonesia for narcotics and had his sentence commuted on 27 June 2022 to a 6-month rehabilitation program for narcotic offenders. William was released from the rehabilitation program last month in November 2022.
Police theorize that Gilles Thomas Allcard William was possibly penniless and stole the expensive customized motorcycle to pay living costs in Bali.
William remains in police custody, undergoing intensive interrogation by Bali police.
The recidivist Englishmen will now face charges under Section 362 of the Criminal Kode (KUHP) with a possible maximum penalty of 5 years in prison.