Denpasar Police have arrested a 32-year-old babysitter suspected of stealing jewellery to fund administrative costs for a failed attempt to seek work overseas.
Laili Apriliana, originally from Lombok, was detained following a complaint from Nyoman Master of Jl Gunung Andakasa, Denpasar. Master had employed Apriliana to look after her children on January26. Master later found that jewellery worth an estimated Rp20 million (US$2,240) was missing from the house.
“After receiving the report of the loss from the victim we immediately suspected Laili,” said Wayan Wesnawa of West Denpasar Police, adding that Apriliana, who has two sons, admitted the theft after her arrest.
“She had opened a drawer in the house looking for a nappy for the baby, and she saw a lot of jewellery inside,” Wesnawa said. Apriliana told police that she had sold the jewellery for Rp4.1 million in Jl Hasanudin in Denpasar.
The money had been used to pay off a Rp4-million ($448) loan Apriliana had taken out to pay an employment agency in an unsuccessful bid to find a job as a domestic worker in Brunei.
The money was not returned by the agency after the application failed, and Apriliana was unable to repay the debt.
During the arrest police also seized two gold rings, a silver coin and Rp950,000 in cash, Wesnawa said.