Thurston thanks efficient police work in Savusavu
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