To Catch a Thief

Surveillance Camera at Bali Airport Helps Police Catch Bag Theft

A 58-year-old German national, identified only with the initials SK, was robbed of a waist-belt bag at Bali’s Ngurah Rai Airport on Saturday, July 26, 2014. The bag contained the man’s passport and EURO 20,250. The theft occurred shortly after the German landed at the airport, as he submitted his personal belonging to an x-ray examination.

Then German was told by security officials to remove the bag and pass it through the x-ray machine. On the other side of the machine he retrieved suitcase and a shoulder bag, but could not find the waist-belt bag. The man reported the incident to the police who reviewed the CCTV tape from the camera monitoring the x-ray process.

Police identified a person behind the German in the x-ray line who managed to grab the man’s waist bag. The film showed how the thief placed his jacket over the German’s waist bag and then quickly slid the waist bag into his hand luggage to conceal the theft. Using the man’s photo from the CCTV tape it took police nearly two months to track the man down to his residence in Seminyak, Kuta.

Arrested at the Dunkin Donuts shop on Jalan Teuku Umar, the man initially denied stealing the bag, but later admitted the theft to police when confronted with the CCTV tape. The thief who works at a laundry in Bali told police that the money was used to purchase a car, a motorcycle, send money to friends and family, and make personal bank deposits.

Source : Bali Discovery Tours

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