Tue, 16 Sep 2003

Thieves hit Guess counter

JAKARTA: Thieves ransacked a Guess watches counter on the first floor of the Kelapa Gading Mall in North Jakarta on Monday morning, and escaped with hundreds of wrist watches.

Total losses amounted to more than Rp 500 million.

A counter employee reporting for work at 9 a.m. found that the top of the glass counter had been broken, and the side windows smashed.

Hundreds of watches on show in the counter's display cases had been stolen.

The prices of Guess watches range from between US$ 27 (about 232,000) and $225, according to the Guess homepage.

"This is the second robbery of the counter over the past several months," said Hendra Pratomo of the Guess center's general affairs department.

Hendra reported the case to Jakarta Police Headquarters. He said he was impatient with the slow progress being made by the Kelapa Gading police subprecinct in investigating the earlier robbery. --JP.