Armed robbery reported in Kuta, around Rp 800 million worth of currencies taken from money changer

A money changer in Kuta was reportedly robbed on Saturday. 

Four masked men wearing motorbike helmets, one apparently armed with an airsoft gun, allegedly made off with Rp 811 million worth of currencies from the money changer, belonging to PT Dirgahayu Valuta Prima on Jl. By Pass Ngurah Rai. 

The robbery was reportedly conducted in broad daylight, around 11 am. 

With the gun drawn, the perps allegedly gathered the five employees on duty behind the teller counter and tied them up with duct tape. 

But not before getting access to the safe with the assistance of one coerced employee. Rp 733 million was allegedly taken from the money changer’s safe, while Rp 78 million was taken from a drawer. 

“The money in rupiah and other foreign currencies totals Rp 811 million,” Bali Police spokesman Superintendent Hengky Widjaja said, as quoted by Detik

Before fleeing the scene, the robbers demanded the CCTV server. 

Police are currently still investigating the robbery and have accessed CCTV footage from another building adjacent to the scene to hopefully help them track down the perps. 

The four perps apparently rode on two motorbikes, using helmets, face masks, and gloves. 

Because of the efficiency of the robbery, police believe we’re dealing with professionals. Armed robberies, even with just airsoft guns or blade weapons, are not common in Bali. 

“They are professional robbers. The operation was done in less than 10 minutes,” the Tribun news network quoted Denpasar Police Chief Commissioner Hadi Purnomo as saying. 

Police are on the hunt for the men involved in the robbery and have additonally put police intelligence personnel on the case. 

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