POLICE at Taro in the Choiseul province have arrested and charged four Bougainvilleans and a Solomon Islands national with alleged armed robbery in connection with an incident at Supizae Island near Taro Station, Choiseul Province on November 28, 2018.
Provincial Police Commander (PPC) Choiseul Province, Superintendent Vincent Eria says, “The incident was reported to police by members of the community and my officers attended and made the arrests on the same day.
“A shop keeper and his in law were inside a bottle shop counting the day’s takings when it is alleged that two Bougainvilleans entered the shop whilst the others including the Solomon Islander remained in their boat.
“It is alleged that the two Bougainvilleans gained entry into the bottle shop by hitting the locked door.”
“It is further alleged that one of the two Bougainvilleans held a long screw driver in his hand while he threatened, intimidated and demanded the shop keeper to give them beer and cigarettes.
“The shopkeeper and his in-law feared for their lives so told the Bougainvilleans to help themselves.
“It is alleged the two Bougainvilleans took off with cartons of alcohol and cigarettes.
“The four Bougainvilleans are expected to be deported back to their country under the Solomon Islands Immigration Act if they are found guilty after their Court appearance on December 13, 2018.
“I would like to thank my officers for the good work done as well as members of the community for supporting police with information.”
The four Bougainvilleans and the Solomon Islander are now remanded in custody and will appear in the Gizo Magistrates Court on December 13, 2018 for their trial.