Police crack electronics case

Monday November 19, 2018 Written by Published in Crime
Stolen watches and electronic items pictured at the Avarua police station. 18111808 Stolen watches and electronic items pictured at the Avarua police station. 18111808

Determined Rarotonga CIB detectives have cracked a stolen property case resulting in the recovery of around $50,000 worth of electronic goods, including watches, PlayStations, videogames and laptops.


Police spokesperson Trevor Pitt says this follows the apprehension of two suspects who are now facing multiple charges, including burglary and arson.

The arrests followed a search warrant executed on a Titikaveka property on Tuesday where a man in his 30s was arrested for obstructing police.

More serious charges were subsequently presented in court when the suspect appeared on Thursday. He faced four counts of burglary and one count for arson, along with the original obstruction charge.

Pitt says the man was remanded into custody as a result of the seriousness of the crimes and the continuing investigation into the suspect and his female partner, who was also arrested late on Thursday morning.

He adds the stolen property recovered from the pair’s residence so far has been linked to eight different owners and businesses, including the large-scale theft of electronic goods from South Seas International in Avarua last month.

That break-in prompted a stern warning by police to the community as to the seriousness of receiving stolen property, which carries the penalty of prison time scaled to the value of the goods.

In another theft at a property in Titikaveka the defendant had set fire to the property to “cover his tracks”, says Pitt.

He says further charges are likely to be laid and the man is due to reappear before the court this week.

The woman, also in her 30s, appeared in court Thursday afternoon on a charge of being a party to the offence of burglary. She did not enter a plea and was bailed with conditions to reappear next month.

On October 20, police were notified of a burglary committed with the help of a heavy-duty cutter that removed iron bars from a South Seas International store window. Police said goods valued at $50,000 – $60,000 were taken.

At the time, investigators were focusing on an offender who was captured on a security camera inside the shop.

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