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Police officers from Denpasar, Bali, arrested two foreign nationals named Nicola from Italy and Gregory from England for committing theft and violence.
They carried out a robbery against husband, and wife from Italy, named Camilla Guadagnuolo and Principe Nerini.
“There are losses in cash and bitcoins. So the total loss is Rp. 5.8 billion,” said Denpasar Police Chief Jansen Avitus Panjaitan on Tuesday (28/12).
Besides Nicola and Gregory, the police included two other foreigners involved in the robbery on the wanted list, namely a Polish citizen and a Russian citizen.
Jansen explained the incident took place last Thursday (11/12), at around 03:00, in a villa where the victims were staying, on Jalan Nakula, Seminyak, Kuta District, Badung Regency, Bali.
The victim’s wife woke up hearing an explosion and when she woke up, the victim had seen her husband being held captive by the perpetrators who were wearing black clothes and wearing gloves and head coverings.
Then, the victim was pointed at using a knife, tied to his hands and feet and had his mouth and feet taped. During the confinement, the victim was beaten by the perpetrators alternately and repeatedly.
Then, one perpetrator took the victim’s six cellphones and another cellphone containing the victim’s bitcoin account by asking the victim for a password.
“The perpetrator threatened to kill the victim’s wife by sticking a knife to the victim’s wife’s neck. And then the victim told the cellphone password,” he said.
During the confinement carried out by the four people, the victim recognized the two perpetrators, namely Nicola and Gregory, from their voices. Jansen said he recognized the identity of the perpetrator because Nicola was a former employee of the victim. Meanwhile, Gregory was recognized by the victim because he had attended a party at Nicola’s villa.
The victim then checked his Binance account. There was a transfer of digital assets to an exodus wallet account that allegedly belonged to the perpetrator Nicola. The transfer was carried out three times with a total sum of IDR 5.8 billion.
The victim reported it to the Kuta Police. And the police immediately investigated and examined CCTV for witnesses around the crime scene.
Then, the police arrested the perpetrator Nicola on Jalan Raya Kerobokan, Badung, Bali, and then arrested the perpetrator Gregory, who lived with his girlfriend on Jalan Setiabudi, Kuta, Bali.
“Two of the perpetrators are still searched for, one from Poland and the other from Russia,” said Jansen.