The Indonesian man had a temporary ID card in Macau. Photo: Google Maps

A 50-year-old Indonesian man suspected of being involved in five cases of theft was arrested on Sunday in Macau. The unemployed man named only as Johanes had been staying in Macau using a temporary identity card as he made a police report earlier this year saying he had lost his passport, the Jornal Va Kio reported.

In mid-February and on April 12, members of staff at an internet café on Rua da Erva and a community service center in Calçada do Gamboa told police someone had stolen a mobile phone and a wallet respectively. The total amount lost was about 13,000 Macau patacas (US$1,608).

When police checked surveillance camera footage, they identified one man as the prime suspect. At 3pm on Sunday, police located the suspect and arrested him near Avenida de Almeida Ribeiro.

Further investigations revealed the suspect was allegedly involved in at east five other cases of theft in April at a school, library and community association’s office, Exmoo News reported. The report added that in one case the man was suspected of stealing a donation box from a religious association center.

He refused to cooperate with police and was sent to the public prosecution office for further investigation.

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