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Quick Action Foils Thieves

Quick action and thinking by wheelbarrow boy Tale Tupou led to the arrest of six thieves at the Suva Market at around 3am on Tuesday. Mr Tupou said he was
15 Jan 2016 13:37
Quick Action Foils Thieves
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Quick action and thinking by wheelbarrow boy Tale Tupou led to the arrest of six thieves at the Suva Market at around 3am on Tuesday.

Mr Tupou said he was coming back from drinking grog at one end of the market when he noticed the door of the Zheng Wen Ping

Restaurant broken into and a man coming out carrying a sack of chicken.

“The man was acting suspiciously and it was too early for anyone to be carrying a bag of chicken at those early hours when all supermarkets were still closed,” he said.

“I saw him place the sack under a stall owned by a lady vendor who was sleeping at the Market Vendors Accommodation Hall that night.

“I then decided to confront him about the bag of chickens and it was then that five other persons suddenly appeared and they attacked me;

I managed to free myself and ran away from them and reported the matter to the Suva Market Community Police Post.”

Police yesterday confirmed that they managed to arrest the six suspects who are now in custody based on Mr Tupou’s quick action and report.

Police have also confirmed that all six accused have been charged with one count of aggravated burglary and theft and would appear in court soon.

Mr Tupou is originally from Mualevu Village in Vanuabalavu, Lau.

He said: “I was happy and thankful to God for protecting me that early morning because most robbers carry knives for this kind of thing but for this one, they didn’t carry a knife and I was the only person who witnessed everything they did.”

Meanwhile, Susana Tinai, the 61-year-old market vendor whose table the bags of chicken were kept under, applauded Mr Tupou’s efforts and said that as a market vendor, she felt safe working in an environment that had people like him.

“The wheelbarrow boys are not only here to earn their living, but also they are here to provide security to us as market vendors and our customers when they around the Suva Market,” she said.

Meanwhile, Acting Commissioner of Police Brigadier-General Sitiveni Qiliho said the fight against crime would require a lot of help from the public.

“The Fiji Police Force continues to enjoy a great working relationship with the Suva Wheelbarrow Association and has expressed its gratitude to Tupou for his brave act,” he said.

The acting Commissioner in praising Mr Tupou’s actions, said: “Coupled with efforts of people like Mr Tupou, such is a classic example of how the Police in partnership with the public can achieve our collective mission of making Fiji a safer place.”

 

Edited by Manasa Kalouniviti
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