‘Brokenhearted’ Russian man stole 5 helmets after getting blackout drunk in Bali: police

Left, CCTV footage showing the moment IK stole the helmets. Right, the helmets were eventually returned to the owners. Screengrabs: Instagram
Left, CCTV footage showing the moment IK stole the helmets. Right, the helmets were eventually returned to the owners. Screengrabs: Instagram

We all have stories from when we drank a little too much, with all the silly things we end up doing when we’re under the influence. One such story from last weekend has been widely circulating in Bali, after a 25-year-old Russian man stole several helmets while he was allegedly blackout drunk. 

Online, the story began with CCTV footage showing a man in white entering the parking lot of a villa in Pererenan, Badung regency. The man drove his motorbike and parked it out of sight, before slowly returning to the lot and grabbing two helmets that were placed on top of a parked motorbike and then he walked back to his vehicle. The original post requested help from the public to identify the man, and the clip was quickly reshared across social media platforms.

 

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Ketut Wiwin Wirahadi, who heads the general crimes unit at Mengwi sub-precinct, said today that the incident occurred in the early hours of Friday morning. Police got involved after two people filed a report about the missing helmets, and the man has since been identified as IK, who’s a Russian national. 

“The thief stole helmets while he was depressed and stressed, and under the influence of alcohol because he was brokenhearted and living alone in Bali,” Wiwin said, adding that IK had admitted to having stolen the helmets. 

Police reportedly went in search of the perpetrator on Saturday, and IK was quick to apologize to authorities and the victims, saying that he did not intend to steal. He also apologized for the incident in a video, where he said he didn’t remember what had happened the night before and woke up to five helmets at his place. 

“I was drunk, very drunk. I don’t remember. When I woke up I realized [I need] to bring all the helmets and say sorry. It’s the first time in my life,” IK said. 

Police are not pursuing the case any further as the helmet owners and IK have agreed that the matter was resolved. 

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