Thurston thanks ef­fi­cient po­lice work in Savusavu

Fiji Sun - - Nation - SHRATIKA NAIDU shratikan@fi­

Elizabeth Thurston has thanked the Savusavu Po­lice of­fi­cers for their out­stand­ing work in re­cov­er­ing items stolen from her house at Oneva Es­tate in Savusavu on Tues­day.

She also ac­knowl­edges their ef­fort in ar­rest­ing the alleged per­pe­tra­tor. “The items were re­turned to me less than 36 hours af­ter they were taken and 24 hours from the time I no­ticed them miss­ing,” Ms Thurston said.

“I grew up in the Pa­cific and have been closely ac­quainted with it for over 60 years.

“I have over 250 years of com­bined fam­ily his­tory in both Pa­pua New Guinea and Fiji.

“My de­ci­sion to build a home in Savusavu was based on my love of the is­lands and the Fi­jian peo­ple whose gen­eros­ity and kind­ness far out­weigh the neg­a­tive as­pects of the re­cent days.

“Any crime, wher­ever it oc­curs, gen­er­ates fear and vi­o­lates our finer selves. “But, un­ac­cept­able be­hav­iour must not be al­lowed to de­value our com­mu­nity. “And what has just hap­pened doesn’t in any way di­min­ish my af­fec­tion for and friend­ship with the peo­ple of Fiji.” Mean­while, Po­lice spokesper­son Ana Naisoro con­firmed a man in his 20s was in po­lice cus­tody for his alleged in­volve­ment in a bur­glary and an ag­gra­vated rob­bery case in Savusavu.

“The sus­pect is alleged to have en­tered the home of a 60-year-old woman at Oneva Es­tate and stole as­sorted jew­ellery worth more than $200,000.” Ms Naisoro said. “In the sec­ond in­ci­dent an ag­gra­vated rob­bery case, the sus­pect is alleged to have robbed a for­eign re­tiree re­sid­ing in Savusavu on the Septem­ber 11th. “The vic­tim had of­fered the sus­pect a ride into Savusavu town when he al­legedly stole a bag from the back seat of the car which con­tained lo­cal and for­eign cur­ren­cies.”

“Yes­ter­day in­ves­ti­ga­tors ar­rested the sus­pect, who is alleged to have been in­volved in both cases. “Po­lice have made full re­cov­ery of the jew­ellery al­legedly stolen from the home of the 60-year-old vic­tim,” she added.

“The sus­pect is in cus­tody at the Savusavu Po­lice Sta­tion.”

Edited by Percy Kean

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