FOUR men accused of stealing assorted items from supermarkets and an industrial yard in Lautoka during the height of Tropical Cyclone Evan will be spending Christmas and New Year behind bars.
Accused of theft and burglary were Sitiveni Vanavana, Jone Vunisa, Ropate Naikelekele and Timoci Tiritiriwaca all from Lautoka. The four men aged between 22 and 28 years appeared in the Lautoka Magistrate's Court yesterday for the alleged crimes committed between December 17 and 18.
Divisional Prosecuting Officer Western, Assistant Superintendent of Police Anil Prasad said the four men would remain in police custody before appearing in court on January 4 for mention.
The court heard that Vanana had allegedly forcefully entered the Rajendra Prasad Limited bulk store on Monday afternoon and stole $21,962 worth of assorted items.
Vanavana is also charged with one count of theft for allegedly entering the Mahogany Industries yard in Navutu and allegedly stealing electrical items.
Jone Vunisa of Namoli village appeared on charges of burglary and theft for allegedly stealing $4078.75 worth of groceries from Shop and Save Supermarket.
Ropate Naikelekele faces similar charges for taking items from MH Supermarket items worth $2000.
Also appearing before Magistrate Sujeewa Nishshanka were 13 people from Navutu charged with theft.
The 13 accused people whose ages range from 19 to 64 years pleaded guilty to stealing assorted groceries worth $2276.23 from the Rajendra Prasad Ltd bulk store.
The 13 looters from Navutu pleaded guilty to the offence and would be sentenced on Monday.