Supervising Provincial Police Commander (PPC), Malaita Province Superintendent Timothy Apaesi said the victim was travelling from Honiara to Auki on one of the local inter-island boats with more than $17,000.00 cash in her bag. During the trip she put her bag as her pillow and went to sleep.
“It was when she was asleep that the alleged suspect came and unzipped the bag and removed all the money without her realising it.”
Superintendent Apaesi said on Monday 2 June 2018, the matter was reported to the police and following investigations police apprehended the suspect.
“He was arrested after which he revealed that there were two others with him when he alleged stole the money. Police was able to recover some of the stolen money.
“The three suspects, all about 25 years old, have been placed in police custody awaiting a remand application within the next 14 days. Investigations are continuing into the matter and still yet to recover rest of the money,” said PPC Apaesi.
- Police Media Unit