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Masked Robbers Make Off With $10,000 Cash

Five masked men yesterday allegedly made off with over $10,000 cash, mobile phones, jewellery and clothes from the home of a retired businessman from Nadovi near Sonaisali in Nadi. The
19 Dec 2016 11:00
Masked Robbers Make Off With $10,000 Cash
Showing part of the room where the five masked men stole cash and mobile phones from. Litia Tikomailepanoni

Five masked men yesterday allegedly made off with over $10,000 cash, mobile phones, jewellery and clothes from the home of a retired businessman from Nadovi near Sonaisali in Nadi.

The five men initially left with one of the vehicles from 77-year-old Abdul Mazid’s home but ran off with the stolen items after the car got stuck in the victim’s yard.

According to Mr Mazid the five masked men forcefully entered the house at about 2am when he opened the door to his house responding to the knocking at his door.

“I heard someone knocking and I thought maybe someone wanted assistance, especially early in the morning, so I opened the door,” Mr Mazid said.

“I could see all five of them standing there on our porch wearing masks, they quickly held a pinch bar to my throat and shoved me inside, another hit me with a stone and told me to sit down on the settee.”

Mr Mazid’s son businessman 57-year-old Abdul Haq upon hearing the commotion came out of his room thinking his dad was sick.

“My dad is diabetic, so I thought something happened to him, that is when I met these masked men wearing gloves and one of them held a pinch bar on my face and they told me to sit down and co-operate with them or they would chop my family up,” Mr Haq said.

“They ransacked the whole room and drove away with one of the vehicles, but the car got stuck a few metres away from our house.”

According to Mr Haq the robbers stole seven mobile phones, jewellery, watches, clothes and over $10,000 worth of cash.

Mr Haq locked the house and used the back door once the robbers were gone, and got into another vehicle and drove to the Police Station.

“It was shocking indeed they kept shouting raising the pinch bar while rummaging through the room, I asked them if I can get water for my dad but they said to be quiet.

“So I ask my dad to give them some money so that they can live.

“My dad handed them about $30 but they got the rest of the cash about $7000 from one of my drawers where I usually keep the cash and our land rent money from my dad’s wallet which was $3750 in total.

“To make it disappointing when we went to the Nawaicoba Police Station because it was closer to my house, no officer was there so we had to go straight to Nadi Police Station.

“I had to leave America to come and look after my parents right now, I am just so thankful that no one lost his life in this dreadful event.”

Nadi Police officers were combing the Sonaisali area yesterday.

Police spokesperson Ana Naisoro said they were aware of the incident and Police investigations were continuing.

Edited by Rusiate Mataika

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