THREE women, one of whom is a grandmother, are in police custody for alleged burglary and theft in the town of Labasa last Friday.
Divisional Police Commander North Senior Superintendent Fulori Rainibogi yesterday confirmed the arrest labelling the alleged offence as a new trend in the Northern Division in which items are allegedly stolen by hiding it under people's clothes.
She also confirmed that a taxidriver has also been taken in for questioning.
"The taxidriver was taking them around in his car on Friday and the alleged stolen items were recovered by police from the taxi. This is a well known trend in Suva and other parts of Viti Levu but is the first for the North. It is known as qamu in which a lot of items are stolen and hidden under big clothes won by those who allegedly steal," she said.
"The women were arrested on Friday afternoon and police recovered about $5000 worth of stolen items including phones, camera and groceries.
"The women walk into shops and while two of them yarn and talk to shopkeepers, the third conducts her illegal operation in broad daylight.
"People allegedly involved wear big clothes so they can fit the items under their clothes. These women stole from a supermarket and an electronic shop in Labasa Town."