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Thief Invades Home, Steals While Owners Sleep

Intruder’s actions caught on CCTV A Lautoka shop owner, who was robbed of nearly $3000 in cash and some assorted items, believes she and her husband may have been victims
18 Jan 2017 11:00
Thief Invades Home, Steals While Owners Sleep
The intruder seen standing while contemplating his next move as seen on CCTV.

Intruder’s actions caught on CCTV

A Lautoka shop owner, who was robbed of nearly $3000 in cash and some assorted items, believes she and her husband may have been victims of a spray that is said to put people to sleep.

Lila Wati and her husband Keshwa Chetty, both 54, and owners of Tomuka Shop said the reason for this was that they were light sleepers and would wake up at any noise.

“But to be asleep while the thief pulls out a drawer on your bed headset just above our heads and remove a wallet containing the cash without us even waking up means he must have used that spray,” Mrs Wati claims.

The incident, which took place between 12.30am and 1.45am on Monday, has left them counting their lucky stars as none of them were left hurt.

This included an instance when Mrs Wati went to check the door for their internet shop and switched off the lights with the intruder’s foot seen only inches away from her as she passed him.

The couple, along with a family member were asleep at their home, which is attached to their internet cafe and shop.

Mr Chetty said he went to bed at 12.30am “after feeling very sleepy” and was sound asleep within 15 minutes.

Mrs Wati, after checking everything, showered and then went to bed, not knowing that the thief was already in their home.

CCTV cameras picked up the person moving throughout the bedroom, crawling and in one instance just standing and contemplating what to do.

“He even carried jars of coins from the room into the shop, checked inside and without taking anything put it back in the room,” Mrs Wati said.

“He did not realise the cameras were there but it was picking up everything,” she said.

The man even went into Mrs Wati’s sister’s room, took a purse out of her handbag, removed $50 and left it lying on the floor.

Mrs Wati said somehow she got up at around 1.45am, the same time as her sister and that’s when they noticed her handbag and purse lying on the floor.

“We checked the shop and found recharge cards missing along with a few packets of cigarettes,” she said.

Mr Chetty said the money in the purse was withdrawn on Friday to send to his son in Suva.

Police spokesperson Ana Naisoro said the matter was being investigated in Lautoka.

“A report of a house break in was received and the incident occurred sometime between Sunday night and Monday morning whereby an unknown person broke into the home/shop and stole cash and other items,” Ms Naisoro said.

She said Police investigators continue to explore some leads as investigations continue.

Edited by Jonathan Bryce

charles.chambers@fijisun.com.fj

 

 

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