Balinese farmer buried stolen money in his chili farm: Police

The Kintamani Police searched a chili farm where a Balinese man buried money that he stole from his neighbors on May 10, 2022. Photo: The Kintamani Police.
The Kintamani Police searched a chili farm where a Balinese man buried money that he stole from his neighbors on May 10, 2022. Photo: The Kintamani Police.

In addition to planting chilies in the ground, a farmer in Bali has been apprehended for burying money that he stole from an elderly neighbor in his field. Local police confirmed the farmer’s arrest yesterday.

Bangli Police’s criminal unit chief Androyuan Elim said that the 33-year-old man, identified as INW, stole IDR 10 million (US$ 684) from his neighbor, NNS, who is 92. Both INW and NNS live in Pinggan Village in Kintamani.

Elim said that NNS realized her money was stolen on May 7 at around 5pm when she noticed one of her pillows had been moved. NNS apparently stored her money inside a cupboard that was hidden right under the pillow. She immediately unlocked the cupboard and counted her money and realized some of it had gone missing.

Having saved up IDR 32 million, NNS found that she only had IDR 22 million left in her cupboard after counting it again.

Upon investigation, the police tracked down INW and arrested him on Tuesday. He confessed that he had used IDR 6 million for gambling and hid the rest on his chili farm.

He also admitted he had stolen from at least three other neighbors of his.

INW could face around seven years behind bars if he is found guilty in court.

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