Australian held in Bali over burglary of ex's house

An Australian woman is facing up to nine years in jail after she was arrested on Bali accused of teaming up with a gang to burgle her ex-boyfriend's house and steal his car, police said Wednesday.

Sandra Sheed, 42, who has lived on the resort island for more than 20 years, allegedly used a duplicate key last month to get into the property of fellow Australian Stephen Blackwell, 46, accompanied by five men, local police chief Ambariyadi Wijaya said.

They took "a car, a television, a DVD player and many other things", he told AFP, adding that Blackwell's maid was in the house at the time of the burglary and alerted her boss, who was away in Australia. Sheed was arrested on Saturday.

Sheed and Blackwell had been going out for five months when she moved into his house in early March, Wijaya said. But just several days later they had a row and Blackwell split up with her.

"Under the Indonesian criminal code, she could face up to nine years jail if she is found guilty," the police chief said.

The five men are still on the run and Sheed has refused to identify them, he said.

Foreigners are frequently arrested on the popular holiday island, but normally for drugs offences.

Some end up being imprisoned in the island's notorious Kerobokan jail under Indonesia's tough drugs laws, and several are on death row.