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Thieves of Baghdad?

Bali Police Seek to Bust Middle Eastern Crime Rings

(7/8/2013) The Jakarta Post reports that Bali Police are seeking four people from the Middle East for questioning in connection with a series of robberies committed at hotels in the Legian area of Bali.

Police said the robberies are part of a growing number of crime reports in which Middle Eastern visitors are believed to be involved as perpetrators.

These include the recent arrest of a Middle Eastern man in Ubud who was acting suspiciously while visiting a small hotel in Ubud, Central Bali.

Originally thought to be involved in the robbery of the Legian hotels, police eliminated the man as a suspect when hotel employees were unable to recognize his photograph.

Hotels that have suffered robberies since mid-June include the Legian Beach Bungalow and the Balisani Padma Hotel.

In one of the robberies, safety deposit boxes containing passports and valuables worth Rp. 123 million (US$12,300) were emptied after robbers drugged the front office staff at the Balisani Padma Hotel.

Food and drink containing a soporific substance may have also been involved in the robbery of a sole Australian at the Legian Beach Bungalow.