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When the Cash Runs Out

Russian Tourist Held by Bali Police for Attempted Breaking and Entering

(2/8/2014) Radar Bali reports that a Russian national, Alexander Golubev (45), is now in the custody of Kuta Police in connection with a breaking and entering a fashion shop on Jalan Raya Kerobokan 51X, North Kuta.

On Tuesday, January 28, 2104, at around 2:00 am, Golubev drove a motorcycle to the Oasia Fashion Gallery in Kerobokan where he reportedly used a screwdriver to pry open the business' entrance. Caught inside the store and in the act of stealing merchandise by a security guard, Gede Agus (23), the Russian ran and attempted to run away hide behind the store.

The guard called local police for assistance. After the police arrived, a search found the Russian hiding in a bathroom. A subsequent examination the man's person discovered the screwdriver used to pry to open the front door of the shop.

The Russian, who was staying in the Batubolong area of North Kuta, told police that he was without funds and unable to purchase a return ticket to his homeland.

Police theorize the Russian may have staged the robbery with the intention of being caught and deported back to Russia.

Police from the Kuta Police Precinct continue to investigate the incident.