$25,000 Stolen on Way to Bank
Police action, concern after spate of robberies
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