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Alleged Theft of Outboard Engines Anger Residents

    Several families in Cuvu, Nadroga, have been affected after two outboard engines were allegedly stolen in January. The two outboard engines belonged to Mohammed Ali, a businessman who
28 Feb 2017 11:00
Alleged Theft of Outboard Engines Anger Residents
Fiji Police

 

 

Several families in Cuvu, Nadroga, have been affected after two outboard engines were allegedly stolen in January.

The two outboard engines belonged to Mohammed Ali, a businessman who runs a seafood shop in Cuvu. Mr Ali’s 60 and 40 horsepower outboard engines, which were allegedly stolen and are valued at about $21,000.

Fiji Police spokesperson Inspector Jokatama Qio said the theft of these outboard engines was under investigation in what Police believe to be a major racket involving illicit trade in stolen engines.

The divers who were using Mr Ali’s boats for fishing and diving have turned to labour work to earn an income.

“The divers are now doing temporary labour jobs,” he said.

Mr Ali has made loss of $5000 in five weeks after he lost the engines.

“For the last 12 years I have been tying my boat at the Cuvu beach which is only five minutes away from my home and nobody has ever stolen my outboard engines,” he said.

“This was the first time such incident has happened.”

Mr Ali has two fibreglass boats and a wooden boat.

“The robbers also tried to steal my third outboard engine but they were unsuccessful,” he said.

“After the incident, I had reported the matter to Sigatoka Police Station and many people were taken in for questioning but there were no leads. Until last week, information came that there were some stolen outboard engines found in Rewa. But, I have not received any confirmation from the police yet,” he said.

Mr Ali said that Police were saying that stolen outboard engines could have been sold to the outer islands such as Lau and Kadavu.

“I am positive about getting my outboard engines back,” Mr Ali said.

Edited by Rusiate Mataika

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