Friday, September 12, 2008

Crime gang hitting tourism busted

The Bali Police crime and detective unit has managed to disable a criminal gang targeting foreign tourists, Crime and Detective Director Sr. Comr. Wilmar Marpaung said.

"The group specializes in foreign tourists at resort areas and has so far carried out their modus operandi 11 times," Wilmar said.

The police have arrested two of the three members of the gang and are hunting the other one, Wilmar said. The two were identified as Wayan Kontal, 15 and Ketut Merdana, 21.

"The other one is still on the run, identified only by his initial N and believed to be the mastermind," he said.

Wilmar said that the group had operated over the last two years and made away with millions of rupiah in stolen goods.

Wilmar explained that, using their operating techniques, the three used to work together in tourist spots along Kuta, like Jalan Legian, Jalan Poppies, Jalan Padma, Jalan Benesari and Jalan Lebaksari.

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