Family of Thieves Caught in the Act at Mandalika WSBK Event

24 November 2021 09:49 WIB

Spectators observe team crews standing by in the paddock during the first race (race 1) of the WorldSSP class at Pertamina Mandalika International Street Circuit during the WSBK Indonesia 2021 series in Central Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara (NTB), Saturday, November 20, 2021. ANTARA/Andika Wahyu

TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - Police on Wednesday successfully nabbed a pickpocket syndicate operating at the Mandalika World Superbike (WSBK) event last weekend. These thieves originally came from Jakarta and were found out during the last day of the event on Sunday.

Out of the four people, three of them were a family that consists of the father DC (45) wife LA (41) and daughter (24). Meanwhile, one other thief was their neighbor AW (34). One of the thieves was caught in the act by one security personnel in the Mandalika spectator tribune, which led to the arrest of the entire syndicate.

The West Nusa Tenggara (NTB) police commissioner Hari Brata said the thieves specialized in stealing the wallets of unknowing racing fans in motorsport events as they had previously committed crimes in Malaysia’s Sepang Circuit. 

“They are specialists who commit crimes in these types of events such as in the Sepang Circuit in Malaysia and in Singapore. They often operate in Batam where they would manage to steal dozens of mobile phones,” said Hari on Wednesday, Antaranews reported. 

The thieves would commit their crimes unnoticed as they would conduct activities similar to normal racing fans as they would also purchase tickets and even book nearby hotels where they would stay for the day's events. 

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