Sneaky man arrested for stealing TVs from fancy hotels, villas and ‘kosan’
A 31-year-old man was apprehended for stealing several televisions from various hotels, villas and kosan (pensions), Kuta Police announced today.
Police identified the suspect by the initials MAM, and local media reported that he was from Tomohon in North Sulawesi. MAM committed the thefts at four different locations in Kuta and Seminyak, where he booked a room and later offered in-room TVs on online marketplaces.
“After finding a potential buyer, he would unplug the [hotel] the TV from the room and deliver it to a place agreed between him and the buyer,” said Kuta Police Chief Comr. Orpa SM Takalapeta said in a statement.
MAM was arrested last Thursday after booking a kosan on Kayu Aya Street in Seminyak. The owner of the establishment, I Ketut Widastra, alerted the authorities after being informed by a witness that MAM had come down from his room on the second floor with a television.
Ketut said he tried to contact MAM to no avail and later discovered that the TV and its remote were missing from the room.
A few hours later, MAM was arrested and the police confiscated several items as evidence, including two 32-inch televisions, a 28-inch television, an antenna cord, a belt bag, a set of screwdrivers and two room keys.
According to the police, MAM faces up to five years in prison for theft.