POLICE are investigating an alleged armed robbery at the Malohuna Camp, of the One Link Logging Company in the Harapa area of the Shortland Islands in Western province, in the early hours of Sunday this week (March 25, 2018).
It was alleged seven men, believed to be from Bougainville, allegedly armed with firearms, robbed the Camp Manager and removed goods in the canteen, took off with three chainsaws, a mobile phone, torches and clothes as well other items.
Supervising Assistant Commissioner (AC) Provincial, Chief Superintendent Anika Nausi says, “Officers of the RSIPF Police Response Team (PRT) have been deployed to the Shortland Islands to provide security for investigators currently on the ground.
“Additional police investigators including Community Policing and Forensic officers with a Police Patrol boat had been deployed to the Western Province to boost the security in Shortlands and as well at the border and assist in the investigation. Police from Taro, in Choiseul Province have also been sent to the Shortlands to assist.
“This is an incident allegedly involving people crossing into our side of the common border with Papua New Guinea with firearms and the RSIPF is taking this allegation very seriously.
“I appeal to people in the Shortland Islands to assist the RSIPF with its investigation into the incident.”
Information can be passed anonymously to any officer of the RSIPF currently in the Shortland Islands investigating the incident or people can call police at Gizo phone 60999 or the Police free toll line 999.