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Thefts rise

Nasik Swami
Wednesday, February 06, 2013

POLICE are denying statements made by the Suva Retailers Association regarding their lax attitude towards pursuing and prosecuting shoplifters in the capital.

Suva Retailers Association president Himmat Lodhia claimed earlier this week that police had seen the footage of shoplifters on several occasions but the criminal elements were not charged.

"This inaction usually encourages the criminals and they continue their activities targeting several shops. A few shops that do not have cameras may not even realise the workings of these criminals who work in groups all over the city," Mr Lodhia said. However Police spokeswoman Ana Naisoro said the issues highlighted by Mr Lodhia regarding increases in criminal activities in the central business district and police failing to take notice were wrong. "The two cases filed by Mr Lodhia have been dealt with as the two suspects for both reports have been apprehended," Ms Naisoro said. She said the police had seen the footage of the incidents however, the investigation process must be given time to be conducted thoroughly and that it was not an issue of inaction.

Mr Lodhia said Lords Jewellers had footage of three separate incidents together with a clear pattern in which they occurred.





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