Bali man facing 5 years for not returning lost phone

Police with the phone theft suspect. Photo: Istimewa
Police with the phone theft suspect. Photo: Istimewa

Police in Bali have arrested a man for failing to hand back a lost phone to its rightful owner, with the suspect now facing up to five years in prison for theft.

The suspect, identified as 54-year-old IPS, picked up a phone dropped by a 17-year-old boy in a field in Tabanan Regency back in October. 

The boy texted and tried calling his own number in an attempt to retrieve his phone, but the number soon went out of service as IPS ditched the SIM card.

The boy then reported the missing phone to the police. After three months of searching, police finally found the phone with IPS and arrested him at his home in Marga District.

“The suspect handed over the phone, which he had used in the past three months,” Marga Precinct Chief I Gede Budiarta said.

IPS has been charged with theft under the Criminal Code (KUHP), which carries a maximum punishment of five years in prison.

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