Thieves raid shops in building

Anoop Ashwin Chandra shows the damage done to the CCTV camera recording section by thieves at a building in Lautoka. Picture: REINAL CHAND

Thieves feasted on chocolates and removed a closed-circuit television (CCTV) camera encoder, cash and other assorted items from a building in Lautoka’s central business district on Monday night.

The theft of items from four shops located in the building comes two months after robbers broke into Soma’s Cake Shop where they also removed the CCTV camera encoder.

The cake shop is located next to the building targeted on Monday night.

Caretaker Anoop Ashwin Chandra alleged the break-in took place during curfew hours.

“When I came in this morning, I saw that the padlock at the main door was missing, but the door was closed and when I went in, I saw that the padlocks as well for all the four shops were lying on the floor,” he said.

“I went to check on the CCTV camera encoder and found that they had removed it as well.

“They also took some cash and some items from these shops.”

He added the same building was also broken into two years ago and police were provided with CCTV footage, however, the culprits were not apprehended.

Police spokeswoman Savaira Gonedua said investigations were ongoing for both cases.

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