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Petty thievery on the rise

Wednesday March 22, 2017 Written by Published in Crime

Recent posts on the social website Facebook suggest petty thieving is on the rise in Rarotonga.

 

A number of people posted their grievances on the Rarotonga – Community and Beyond page, which has been set up for community notices, posts of appreciation and general information for Cook Islanders residing here and abroad.

Four posts on the page in three days last week were about stolen items that mostly included building supplies from the victims’ properties.

On Wednesday last week, a person posted about a thief stealing petrol from a car parked in downtown Avarua.

“To the person who decided to come to our work parking area at the back and drain one of our staff’s petrol out and walk away with a bottle full while we were busy working, shame on you for doing this,” the person said in the post.

“And get caught by the mama and papa but did not dare to run. Just got up, walked away like nothing ever happened.

“How can you do such thing to hard-working people who are making a living for themselves?”

This incident reportedly took place at 5.15pm on Wednesday.

On Thursday, a person posted about stolen plants from a property in Kavera.

“How dare that someone can just come on my property and help themselves to the plants. Stolen are the green rauti plants and the frangipani tree,” the person posted.

“If anyone has any information and seen someone removing these plants in the past few days (Kavera area) to please text my property manager on 58555 or phone the police.”

On Friday, two notices were posted on the Rarotonga – Community and Beyond page regarding stolen building supplies.

A person had his toilet unit stolen from the back of his truck when he was busy in a bank in town.

“You were seen so it’s just a matter of time till I get you, or you can leave it on my section in Nikao next to Nikao Cottages,” the person posted.

Another person who has been doing repair works to a family home in Titikaveka said someone decided to steal the solar panel and hot water cylinder from their house.

“This has happened in the last two weeks. Could anyone with information please come forward?”

CI News has sent these posts to Cook Islands Police for their comments on this matter. No comments were received when this edition went to print late yesterday.          - RK