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20K theft

Timoci Vula
Sunday, October 28, 2012

POLICE have arrested a 12 and 14-year-old who allegedly stole $20,000 from a parked vehicle at Wailada in Lami on Friday afternoon.

And police has described this incident as worrying citing the involvement of the two children.

Police spokeswoman Ana Naisoro said the report was received at the Lami Police Station where the two minors were reported to have stolen the money from the businessman's vehicle.

"It is alleged the two entered the vehicle belonging to the 57-year-old director which was parked unattended while he had gone inside his office, and found the cash wrapped in a plastic bag inside one of the compartments," Ms Naisoro said.

She said the two were later joined by two other youths aged 15 and 17 before they proceeded to spend the money in Suva.

She said the four were later apprehended along Victoria Parade opposite Sukuna Park where over $19,400 was recovered from them.

"This case where youths aged between 12 and 17-years-old are involved in such acts should be a concern not only for the Police Force but the community as a whole," Ms Naisoro said.

"The Fiji Police Force is once again reminding business people of the need to take more care when handling large sums of money and not take for granted situations that can put them at risk of criminal elements," she said.

"Considering a minute is all it takes to get in and out of unattended vehicles, it is imperative that safety precautions are taken at all times," she said.

Ms Naisoro said members of the public were advised to be more careful when carrying large sums of money and ensure necessary precautions were taken at all times.