Brebes – An online taxi driver in Brebes, Central Java was arrested by police. The perpetrator has seized two women. Cash and jewelry were brushed by the perpetrators.

The online taxi driver arrested was Ari Prabowo (32), a resident of Tegalglagah Village, Bulakamba District, Brebes Regency. He was arrested after seizing two of his female acquaintances through the Tantan chat application.

The two victims were Nur Fauzah, a resident of Kupu Village, Wanasari District, and Eka Purnamasari, a resident of Kedunguter, Brebes District. Of the two victims, Ari managed to seize Rp. 20 million, cellphones and gold jewelry worth Rp. 9 million.

“The perpetrator is an online taxi driver. We received a report, then the members conducted an investigation. The perpetrators were found and arrested in front of a shopping center in Tegal City,” said Brebes Regional police chief Kasatreskrim, Tuesday (03/05/2019).

The mode used by the perpetrator is to search for victims through the Tantan chat application. After getting acquainted, the victims were invited to take a walk using a car that was used as an online taxi. But in the middle of the trip, the offender stopped the car and reasoned there was a problem with the car tire.

The perpetrator then asked the victim to get off the car first. After going down, the perpetrators immediately left the victim just like that and carried away the victim’s bag containing money and other valuables.

“The victim Nur Fauzah was taken down on the edge of the West Brebes toll road. The victim Eka Purnamasari was lowered at the gas station on the Pantura Bulakamba road,” said Reskrim.

Ari claimed that from Eka’s hand he managed to steal IDR 15 million and a cellphone. While from Nur Faizah, Ari managed to steal a bag containing Rp. 5 million, cellphones and gold jewelry worth Rp. 9 million.

When asked for information, Ari Prabowo claimed he was forced to do his actions because of debt and installments of the car that must be paid each month. His income as an online taxi driver, according to him, is not enough to pay in installments.

“I am forced to do this. Income from an online taxi is not enough to pay off debt and installments,” he said Ari.