UPDATE: Russian man arrested, 2 reportedly shot in connection with Bali money exchange robbery

One Russian national was reportedly shot dead and another is in critical condition after Bali police tracked down a gang allegedly responsible for the violent robbery of a money exchange yesterday. The confrontation with the suspects took place just hours after the robbery of  IDR900 million (US$63,277) from the BMC Bali Maspintjinra money exchange in Benoa, in the southern ...

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Australian man faces 5 months for stealing Gucci bag worth IDR12 million from Bali mall

Australian man faces 5 months for stealing Gucci bag worth IDR12 million from Bali mall

An Australian tourist accused of stealing a Gucci bag worth IDR12,282,500 (US$864) from the Duty Free Shop at Kuta’s Mall Bali Galleria in January appeared at the Denpasar...

Gianyar Police recover 13 endangered green turtles from parked car

Gianyar Police recover 13 endangered green turtles from parked car

Working on a public tip-off, officers from Gianyar Police secured 13 live green turtles from an Avanza vehicle parked beside the Ida Bagus Mantra bypass road in the village of...

Medan drug couriers caught with a kilogram of meth tucked inside their sandals at Bali airport

Medan drug couriers caught with a kilogram of meth tucked inside their sandals at Bali airport

Two Indonesian nationals were arrested at Bali’s Ngurah Rai airport on Saturday (9/3) after officers from the Provincial National Narcotics Agency (BNNP) discovered 1,008 grams...

Enraged Bangli locals trash motorbike of village egg thief

Enraged Bangli locals trash motorbike of village egg thief

After being caught in the act of looting a chicken coop in the village of Sulahan, Bangli, on Tuesday night, a serial egg thief made a narrow escape by bolting it through the rice...

Malaysian drug smuggling suspect pleads ‘not guilty,’ Bali prosecutor demands 10 years

Malaysian drug smuggling suspect pleads ‘not guilty,’ Bali prosecutor demands 10 years

The trial of Mohd Husaini Bin Jaslee, a Malaysian national accused of smuggling 1,887 ecstasy pills in his laptop case last September, continued at the Denpasar District Court...

Bali man arrested on suspicion of stealing computers from 23 elementary schools

Bali man arrested on suspicion of stealing computers from 23 elementary schools

The Badung regional police have arrested a local man in connection with multiple incidents of laptop, PC, and printer theft from various Badung elementary schools. Thirty-year old...

French drug suspect who briefly escaped Lombok jail faces death penalty

French drug suspect who briefly escaped Lombok jail faces death penalty

A French man faces execution under Indonesia’s strict drug laws after he was caught using a false-bottomed suitcase to smuggle narcotics into the Southeast Asian nation, an...

Bali woman on trial for partially blinding her husband’s alleged lover with chemical

Bali woman on trial for partially blinding her husband’s alleged lover with chemical

A wife, suspected of partially blinding a woman who she believed to be her husband’s mistress by pouring poisonous fluids over her head, seemed overcome with anguish during her...

Australian jailed in Bali for selling cocaine

Australian jailed in Bali for selling cocaine

An Australian man charged with selling cocaine in Bali was jailed for more than five years yesterday. A court on the Indonesian resort island handed down the sentence to Brendon...


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Coconuts Bali Crime

Our crime section on Coconuts Bali is one of our most frequently updated news beats. Crime is abound in Bali and let’s be real—most of it is non-serious, petty crime that usually has us asking, “What was Mr. X thinking?? Like, really?” Like, why did that teenager think is was a good idea to steal all those chickens from his neighbor and sell them to buy a new motorbike? Or why did that tourist think he could get away with stuffing a bunch of cosmetics from the duty free at the airport into his pants? Crime is also the category of our site that contains the most internationally covered stories. Just every so often in Bali, there seems to be a foreigner (or several who conspire together) that get swept up in international incidents involving murder, corruption, drugs, or all of the above. These stories too often involve Aussies, but hey, not exclusively. Crime is usually not violent in Bali and you will not read about all of scuffles involving weapons, so when they do happen (usually with blades, no guns here), they do get reported on. Oh, and we would be remiss to be discussing crime in Bali and not bring up the “Hotel K” aka Kerobokan Prison, the home to Bali’s biggest and baddest criminals and also the small-time Joes. Overcrowded and supposedly a key component of Bali’s drug trade, the prison often finds its way into our crime section.