Bali police form special team to hunt ATM thieves after a week of no leads

Photo: Wikimedia Commons
Photo: Wikimedia Commons

A week has past since an ATM was ripped from a surf outlet in Bali’s Jimbaran area and police are struggling to piece together any leads about whodunnit.

To push the investigation forward, police say they are forming a special team dedicated to hunting the team of about five culprits who allegedly loaded up the ATM into the back of a car.

“We have created a special team to carry out the search,” Denpasar Police Chief Hadi Purnomo explained on Thursday night, as quoted by Tribun Bali.

Purnomo says police are still waiting for lab results after they had set up a crime scene and lowered forensic investigators.

As previously reported, a Maybank ATM was targeted at the Surfer’s Paradise outlet on Jl. By Pass Ngurah Rai in the early hours of Nov. 17.

A security guard on duty had been beat up and tied up by the perpetrators.

Police say there weren’t many people around given the time that it happened and a reading couldn’t be taken of the perpetrator’s license plate.

“There haven’t been any clues because it was quiet. In addition, the witnesses couldn’t see the license plate of the perpetrator because it reflected light and created a glare,” Kuta Police Chief Wayan Sumara said on Monday.

Sumara said the perpetrator seemed quite sophisticated and efficient with their operation–which we’re inclined to agree with since police have been having such a difficult time identifying them. 

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