Friday, February 4, 2011

Armed Gang Invades Villa, Steals Rp180m


Another night-time villa-invasion robbery stirred fear when a 47-year-old Australian woman was woken in her bed by armed robbers, one of whom held a knife to her neck.

The woman, named by Badung Police as Christine Cheryl, tried to resist and was beaten around the head, receiving injuries to her right eye. The home invasion, on Tuesday last week, follows the savage assault and robbery of an Italian national, Alfredo Delgo, 68, and his Balinese wife, Simpreg, 45, at their Blahbatuh villa on December 29.

The Blahbatuh robbers, who were armed with pistols, fled with cash and property worth Rp22 billion (US$24,200). Police have so far been unable to find them.

This week’s victim of the rash of violent crime told police four men apparently got into her villa through an unlocked gate and then into her bedroom.

She was alone at the house, at Banjar Tiying Tukul, Pererenan, because her husband, whom police named as Peter, was away in Australia. “When I woke up I saw one of the perpetrators was in the room holding a knife. Then the knife was pointed to my neck,” Christine said.

She told police she was then pushed to the floor, gagged and bound by the hands and legs. The gang then emptied the contents of the cabinets and made off with two gold necklaces, two gold bracelets, five gold rings, a pair of gold earrings, an iPad, laptop computer, mobile phone, camera, camcorder and Rp1 million (US$110) and $100 in cash. The total loss is calculated at Rp180 million ($19,800).

Badung Police chief of detectives Ketut Soma Adnyana said inquiries were continuing.

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