$25,000 Stolen on Way to Bank

Po­lice ac­tion, con­cern af­ter spate of rob­beries

Fiji Sun - - Oldest Mps - LI­TIA CAVA

Po­lice are con­cerned that a City Forex For­eign Ex­change em­ployee went to de­posit $ 25,0000 in a bank with­out a se­cu­rity guard. But he never reached the bank. He told Po­lice he was robbed by two men in broad day­light be­tween Sports City and Damodar City at Lau­cala Bay, Suva, yes­ter­day.

Ex­press­ing Po­lice con­cern, Com­mis­sioner Brigadier-Gen­eral Si­tiveni Qil­iho said last night: “The big­gest threat to se­cu­rity is be­liev­ing that there is no threat.”

It is be­lieved the em­ployee said he did not need a se­cu­rity be­cause the bank was near. Brigadier-Gen­eral Qil­iho said the crim­i­nal el­e­ments were ready to ex­ploit any op­por­tu­nity.

Yes­ter­day’s in­ci­dent is the lat­est in a spate of rob­beries that have kept Po­lice busy.

On Satur­day a for­eign diplo­mat was din­ing at a Suva res­tau­rant when rob­bers smashed the back win­dow of his car and took away his

The big­gest threat to se­cu­rity is be­liev­ing that there is no threat.

Brigadier-Gen­eral Si­tiveni Qil­iho Po­lice Com­mis­sioner

pass­port, ipad and other valu­ables.

A group of men al­legedly stole a ve­hi­cle and used it to rob $350 from the City Bread Shop in Lau­toka;

Three men robbed Narhari Elec­tri­cal Com­pany Lim­ited gen­eral man­ager Jagdish Narsey Bhai. They also drove away in his ve­hi­cle, an Orange Toy­ota RAV 4 reg­is­tered IE 258. The in­ci­dent hap­pened at his res­i­dence at Nayau Street, Sam­ab­ula, Suva, where he has been re­sid­ing since 1995;

$12,027 cash and cheques was stolen from the Land Trans­port Au­thor­ity ( LTA) Of­fice in Nadi; and

A group of men forced a wo­man out of her Red Hyundai Tuc­son car at Bayview Heights. The car was later used in the rob­bery at Na­maka Voda­fone Branch. A safe and cash reg­is­ter con­tain­ing cash were stolen from the shop in Na­maka.

Brigadier-Gen­eral Qil­iho said Po­lice had stepped up their se­cu­rity op­er­a­tions He ad­vised busi­nesses to use se­cu­rity guards be­cause it cost less than get­ting robbed.

This in­ci­dent took place dur­ing lunch time . The mat­ter was then re­ported to the Po­lice and the em­ployee was taken in for ques­tion­ing. The em­ployee was on his way to de­posit cash at the Bank South Pa­cific (BSP) Branch in Damodar City when the in­ci­dent took place. This is a two-minute walk from City Forex to BSP Damodar city. The em­ployee told the Po­lice that two un­armed and un­masked teenage boys at­tacked him at the back of Damodar City car park and took off with the bag of cash. “I saw two teenage boys walk­ing to­wards me and then sud­denly one of them grabbed my shirt col­lar and my hand and the sec­ond guy took the bag and ran away,” he said. “One of them ran to­wards Damodar City and the other one to the op­po­site di­rec­tion to­wards Lau­cala.” He said he wasted no time and ran back up to the se­cu­rity of­fi­cer at City Forex but he was too late, the two boys had taken off.

It is un­clear at this stage whether there were wit­nesses dur­ing the time of the in­ci­dent.

How­ever, a cleaner at Sports City area found the cheque book un­der a Pa­jero car which was parked at the car park. He said he was clean­ing along the area min­utes af­ter the in­ci­dent when he found the cheque book which he then alerted Po­lice.

Po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tion is con­tin­u­ing. Edited by Ne­mani De­laibatiki

Pho­tos: Ron­ald Ku­mar

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