Corpun file 19029
Borneo Bulletin, Bandar Seri Begawan, 30 March 2007
Police solve serial car break-ins, theft
By Amin Hosni and Yusrin Junaidi
Three Indonesian nationals jailed for car break-ins and theft. -
The Royal Brunei Police Force has solved serial car break-ins
and theft involving B$50,000 in cash, leading to the arrest of
three Indonesian nationals who have been sentenced by the
Magistrate's Court to three years and two strokes of the cane.
Separately, the police have also succeeded in solving four
vehicle theft cases and have arrested three locals aged 24-30
years. The vehicles were reported missing between January and
"Between last December and February this year, the Brunei
Police Headquarters received many reports of money being stolen
from vehicles. The total amount of money reported stolen was
around B$50,000," said Acting Senior Supdt Pg Hj Rakit bin
Pg Hj Othman, OCPC of RBPF Bandar.
The police launched an investigation and captured the three -
Deroi Penyimbang, 33, Roby Setiawan, 32, Putra Jaya, 37, all
Indonesian nationals - who committed the crimes at different
The investigation also laid bare the modus operandi of the
trio. Their targets were victims who happened to withdraw large
sums of money at bank counters.
They would follow the victim out of the bank without them
being noticed by the victim.
The trio would get into their rented vehicle and follow the
victim until he/she reaches his/her destination where the crime
would be committed. As soon as the victim left his/her car
unattended the three would take advantage by breaking the window
of the victim's car to lay their hands on the cash.
The suspects were believed to have entered the country as
visitors and stayed at a hotel in the capital.
Meanwhile, in the car theft case, the police have recovered
four vehicles and the suspects will be produced before the court.
The police also solved some theft cases in which three locals
were brought to court and sentenced to jail terms.
The police have urged the public to be more careful and be
aware of the surroundings whenever they withdraw cash from banks
If anyone suspects that he/she is being followed by a
stranger, they should immediately call the police hotline 993 or
any police station nearby so that swift actions could be taken.
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