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Police nab robbery pair

Samisoni Nabilivalu
Monday, May 07, 2012

FOUR men walked into a liquor store yesterday morning and forced their way out with more than $500 worth of alcohol.

P. Meghji and Company Limited's Garden City-based outlet's staff told The Fiji Times this was the sixth robbery they had experienced in 2012.

The company's Suva sales marketing director, Naveen Karan Singh, who is based at the shop, said the robbers entered the shop yesterday on the pretext of buying liquor.

"There were four of them," he said.

"The two with the bottles tried to run outside so I locked the door and told them to pay for the drinks. They said they were going to pay for it.

"One of them asked me to open the door because he wanted to go outside. He came back inside and punched me. In the process, the one with the liquor ran out as well."

Mr Singh locked the door after the first two escaped and called police. He later walked to the Raiwaqa Police Station when no one turned up.

After he left, the two man assaulted Mr Singh's staff and forced them to open the door. Their escape was short-lived when Mr Singh returned with an officer. "On the way back to the shop we saw the two who were supposed to be locked at the shop on the road. The policeman arrested them."

Police spokeswoman Ana Naisoro confirmed the matter was reported to police and investigations had begun.