A HIGH-SPEED chase by police in a delivery vehicle foiled a robbery getaway in Suva early yesterday.
Police officers at the Market Police Post were alerted by a newspaper delivery crew who saw three men robbing the INKK market booth a few metres away from the post.
The delivery van was also used to pursue the getaway vehicle which later crashed into a car showroom in Walu Bay.
The driver is in custody while the two other suspects are on the run.
Chief Operations Officer (COO) Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Rusiate Tudravu says the quick action by these eyewitnesses led to the arrest of the suspect and the recovery of some of the stolen items.
"The force continues to call on members of the public for assistance in tackling crime and the actions of these bystanders is a clear example of what can be achieved by working together," ACP Tudravu said.
"The Fiji Police would like to extend its appreciation to members of the public for its assistance in detecting an early morning robbery in Suva."
Five hours later, police managed to pull out the stolen taxi registration number LT5236 from the Carpenter's Showroom.
Witness, Tevita Gaunabalavu, who is a security officer at the Carpenters second-hand shop said he came to the roadside to see if there was a car race when he heard the sound of the two vehicles.
"Suddenly I saw the taxi crash in to the glass wall of the showroom," Mr Gaunabalavu said.
"They all fled from the scene, one of them ran towards the bridge and jumped into the river."