Crime & Court

Market Exists For Stolen Items, Police Tell

Suspicions alleged buyers are legitimate business operators.
22 Oct 2020 09:55
Market Exists For Stolen Items, Police Tell
Seizure of stolen items by Police during a raid conducted at the shop last weekend.

A market exists for stolen items and some of these alleged buyers are operators of legitimate businesses in Suva.

Police has confirmed that an investigation is underway that looks at this possible suspicious operation.

Police spokesperson Ana Naisoro confirmed that a Suva businessman was taken in for questioning, and had been released.

This follows the seizure of stolen items by Police during a raid conducted at the shop last weekend. The items included jewellery.

These items are believed to be stolen and Police have called on members of the public to identify the jewelry.

Information was gathered by investigators of the suspect’s alleged involvement following the arrest of a 25-year-old man for a separate case of theft at the Suva Bus Stand.

Vendors at the Suva Municipal Market said incidents of theft near the market, bus stand and carrier areas were common.

Moreen Ali, a vendor, said pickpocketing, grabbing of phones and chains from necks was happening too frequently.

She said while Police patrolled, the offenders would have specific areas and would commit their crimes on very busy days.

Avinesh Ram, a kiosk owner said stolen property was also being sold openly in the markets.

He suggested the presence of Police officers in civilian clothes to apprehend the offenders.

Edited by Caroline Ratucadra

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