Masked rob­bers well equipped: doc­tors

Fiji Sun - - Fiji Today - JES­SICA GOUNDER jes­sica.gounder@fi­jisun.com.fj

They thought they were safe when they re­in­forced their house with thick steel. But they were wrong. The cou­ple, who are doc­tors, were shocked masked rob­bers cut their way through their for­ti­fied home.

They are so fear­ful for their lives that they did not want pho­tos taken and names men­tioned. “What good would that do? We are old and we can­not de­fend our­selves,” the wife said.

This is not the first time they have been hit. The two ear­lier ones were not that bad.

In the lat­est, the hus­band, 75, and wife, 73, said the rob­bers were well equipped and had in­cred­i­ble strength to breach their se­cu­rity setup. The rob­bers jumped the fence from the back and cut through thick steel. The doc­tors had re­cently spent sev­eral thou­sands of dollars to build and strengthen their se­cu­rity. The rob­bers then moved to the front and did the same thing cut­ting through heavy steel re­in­force­ment. The wife said the ex­pe­ri­ence was trau­matic. She said: “They went through all the rooms col­lect­ing all valu­able gadgets and money.” She said they were hold­ing her hus­band and they could have done some­thing to him if she had not co-op­er­ated. “I told them to take ev­ery­thing they want but please do not hurt us. Our lives are more im­por­tant,” she said. “Though they were thieves they had a mind and heart to lis­ten to the pub­lic. They did not hurt me or my hus­band,” she added. Po­lice Spokesper­son and In­spec­tor Jo­saia We­icavu said they were con­cerned about the rise in crime.

He said Po­lice were still search­ing for the masked men and any­one with in­for­ma­tion was asked to call 919. Edited by Ne­mani De­laibatiki

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