A 23-year-old Balinese man has been arrested on suspicion of stealing 21 motorbikes and selling them online so he could buy food and play online slot games, police said.
Denpasar Police Chief, Warrant Officer Grand Commissioner of Police (AKBP), Bambang Yugo Pamungkas, today said the suspect, identified as IPPP, stole bicycles from 21 different locations in Denpasar between January and March of this year.
“[We have] seized eight stolen motorcycles. [We’re still] look for the rest,” he said.
Police say they shot IPPP in the left leg for trying to evade arrest. At a press briefing at Denpasar police headquarters, IPPP, who wore a prison uniform with his hands cuffed, said he taught himself how to make motorcycle keys, which he used to steal vehicles.
“[I used the money] to buy meals and play slot machines [machine] Games. [I sold the stolen bikes] on Facebook,” the IPPP said.
According to the police, each of the stolen motorbikes was sold between IDR 1.2 and 1.5 million ($85 to $100). Some of the stolen bikes include a Honda Scoopy (a popular bike of choice on the island), Yamaha Mio and Kawasaki KLX.
IPPP was listed as a repeat offender who had previously served prison time for assault.
Under Indonesian law, the IPPP can serve seven years behind bars if convicted of bike theft.