Solomon Is Police investigate armed robbery

Update: 8:28PM THE Royal Solomon Islands Police Force is investigating an alleged armed robbery at the Malohuna Camp, of the One Link Logging Company in the Harapa area of the Shortland Islands in Western Province, last Sunday.

Police said seven men, believed to be from Bougainville, allegedly armed with firearms robbed the camp manager and removed goods in the canteen, including three chainsaws, a mobile phone, torches, clothes and other items. 

Supervising Assistant Commissioner (AC) Provincial Chief Superintendent Anika Nausi said the officers of the RSIPF Police Response Team had been deployed to the Shortland Islands to provide security for investigators on the ground.

“Additional police investigators including community policing and forensic officers with a police patrol boat had been deployed to the Western Province to boost the security in Shortlands and at the border, and assist in the investigation,” Supervising AC Nausi said.

He said officers from Taro in Choiseul Province had also been sent to the Shortlands to assist.

“This is an incident allegedly involving people crossing into our side of the common border with firearms and the RSIPF is taking this allegation very seriously.

“I appeal to people in the Shortland Islands to assist the RSIPF with its investigation into the incident.”