A New Zealand man faces up to five years in jail for threatening and stealing from a US tourist in Bali.

A New Zealand man is in custody in Bali accused of threatening to kill a woman or “damage her face” as well as stealing from her.

Richard James Wackrow, 40, was arrested on Saturday as he passed immigration at Bali’s Ngurah Rai Airport, headed for Australia.

North Kuta Police Station Chief Ronny R. Eppang says he faces up to five years in jail for threatening and stealing from US tourist Mary Joe Olejniczak, whose Canggu villa he stayed in in June.

Ms Olejniczak, 43, told police in August that Wackrow threatened to kill and “damage her face” in an SMS.

“At that time, the victim reported that she lost her surfboard, mobile phone, two of her watches and money from her villa in the Canggu area,” he said.

Police allege that when they arrested Wackrow on Saturday, he was carrying the stolen surfboard.

He will be charged with theft and making a threat.

Police say he does not have a lawyer and is refusing to be questioned.

His brother Ben Wackrow told New Zealand’s 3News the family was raising funds for a lawyer.

“It wouldn’t be unlike him to not be in some sort of, I wouldn’t say trouble, but getting up to some sort of mischief,” he said.

The New Zealand Herald reported the Wellington man lived in Burleigh Heads, Queensland.