In a swift response by the Cakung Police Criminal Investigation Unit, a group of thieves, known as the “jumping squirrels,” have been apprehended within less than 24 hours after a video of their theft went viral on social media.
A total of four individuals engaged in this peculiar mode of truck cargo theft were taken into custody in a staged operation following the widespread dissemination of the video capturing their criminal act.
The Cakung Police Chief, confirmed the successful arrest of the “jumping squirrels”, stating, “That’s right. Four perpetrators have been arrested.”
The incident unfolded when the “jumping squirrels” targeted a truck transporting iron along Jalan Raya Bekasi, Cakung, East Jakarta, during a traffic jam on Wednesday, January 24. Other truck drivers, witnessing the theft, recorded the incident, intending to expose the criminals.
Contrary to avoiding detection, the perpetrators brazenly fought back against those recording the theft. In amateur footage, a young man can be seen riding on the back of the truck, removing the tarpaulin covering the cargo, and pilfering several iron rods.
The heist was not a solo effort, as three accomplices stood by on the roadside to secure the stolen iron. The “jumping squirrel” gang has raised concerns among truck drivers, as they now face the burden of replacing the stolen cargo.
This incident sheds light on a recurring issue along Jalan Raya Bekasi, where such daring heists by the “jumping squirrels” have become an unfortunate occurrence. The successful arrests mark a step towards curbing this unconventional form of criminal activity in the area.