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Two Arrested For Alleged $100K Robbery

Two Arrested For Alleged $100K Robbery
January 02
15:08 2018

Police have arrested two of three men who allegedly assaulted a 55-year-old businessman before tying him up with his wife, son and their watchman and fled with over $100,000 worth of items.

The incident happened at Sonaisali, outside of Nadi on December 30.

The two suspects were arrested by Police and are likely to appear at a Nadi court today charged with the aggravated robbery.

Divisional Police Commander West, Acting Senior Superintendant Abdul Khan said three men entered the house of the businessman and assaulted him.

They later bound him together with his wife, son and their watchman.

Acting SSP Khan said the men demanded money and jewelleries and made off with over $100,000 worth of items.

They made off with cash, assorted jewelleries, mobile phones and assorted bank cards and fled the scene in the family vehicle.

Acting SSP Khan said once the report was received, police started working around the clock to apprehend the suspects.

“Two people are now in our custody and we have found the vehicle and managed to recover some of the stolen items,” he said.

“This was done in 24 hours and I’m really proud of the contributions done by our men on the ground in relation to this case.”

The third suspect is still at large, but the Western Division Police team is expected to make an arrest soon.

Meanwhile, a 48-year-old taxi driver is in police custody after being found in possession of dried leaves believed to be marijuana.

The incident took place at around 5.30pm on New Year’s Eve along Yadua Village Road in Sigatoka where a Police Highway Fleet was doing its routine checks.

The officer noticed the taxi travelling in a dangerous manner and stopped the vehicle to issue the driver with a Traffic Infringement Notice (TIN).

Upon searching the taxi, Police found a plastic bag allegedly containing 27 stems believed to be marijuana.

The driver was arrested and is in custody at the Sigatoka Police Station.

Acting SSP Khan said the arrest was done by the highway patrol personnel.

“Members of the community should be aware that Highway and Traffic Officers are not there for traffic infringements only,” he said.

“They are Police officers and will also be on lookout for other illegal activities.”

He said the incident should be a warning to all drivers and stressed that checkpoints around the Western Division would continue for another two weeks.

Edited by Naisa Koroi

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