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Namadi Residents Live in Fear, $43K Worth Items, Cash Stolen in Daylight Robberies

Namadi residents, outside Suva are concerned about their safety and security of their assets after their houses were broken into three times in the past four months in broad daylight.
27 Sep 2017 16:27
Namadi Residents Live in Fear, $43K Worth Items, Cash Stolen in Daylight Robberies
Police detective Lice Bukausuisui investigate a daylight home invasion in Namadi Heights on September 26, 2017. Photo: Ronald Kumar

Namadi residents, outside Suva are concerned about their safety and security of their assets after their houses were broken into three times in the past four months in broad daylight.

Sumeet Singh, 29, of Namadi Heights, Suva was at work when his house was broken into again in broad daylight for the third time around 12.30pm yesterday.

Police spokesperson Ana Naisoro confirmed the report of the home invasion perpetrated yesterday.

She has further confirmed that the cases of all three break-ins were still open and being investigated.

Mr Singh who has been residing in the area for over 25 years, was not aware of the incident until his neighbour called to inform him of what had happened.

He said previously, his house was broken into twice and a total of $13,000 worth of items and goods were stolen on both occasions.

Mr Singh’s house was initially broken into  on May 19, 2017 and the second time was on August 15, 2017.

“All those times, my house was broken into in broad daylight,” Mr Singh said.

“This third time, they could not take anything because I had installed an alarm system last night (Monday night) to give it a test and it worked,” he said.

“When the alarm went off, my neighbour ran to my house and saw a guy trying to switch off the alarm but was unsuccessful.”

According to Mr Singh at the time of the first burglary in May, three houses were robbed on the same day in broad daylight.

“The Police took our statements but did not return to do fingerprint dusting.

“I constantly followed up for more than three weeks but there was no response from them so I couldn’t do much,” he said.

“The second robbery on August 15, I personally went to the station the next day to give my statement. I made sure the fingerprint dusting was done.

“My neighbour confirmed that there was a vehicle (grey Toyota Fielder) used in the robbery but she was not able to note the registration.

“On August 30, a grey Toyota Fielder with three men were spotted peeping and tried to enter my neighbour’s compound around 10am. We have been living in this area for more than 25 years and had never experienced burglary.

“The recent robberies are a great concern for the neighbourhood and the urgency shown by the Police has been unsatisfactory.”

Neighbour Naren Lal, 46, of Namadi Heights said his residence was also broken into on May 19 with items stolen worth more than $30,000.

He said he had reported the matter to the Namadi Police Post but he has not received any feedback from them.

“The items stolen included jewelry, equipment, stereo, cash and other valuable items,” Mr Lal said.

Edited by Karalaini Waqanidrola

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