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Burglars caught on CCTV camera, police investigation continues

Tuesday 28 March 2023 | Written by Losirene Lacanivalu | Published in Crime, National

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Burglars caught on CCTV camera, police investigation continues
The CCTV footage of the alleged culprits involved in a burglary at Fave Designs in Avarua. SUPPLIED/23032701/23032702

A recent burglary at Fave Designs in Avarua has left the owner unable to operate the store which specialises in basics, streetwear, design and garment printing services.

Ana File-Heather said the shop was broken into in the early hours of Sunday, March 12.

File-Heather alleged that at least three people are known to have been involved in the burglary – two males and a female.

A CCTV camera footage showing the culprits committing the crime was posted on social media over the weekend. The faces of the alleged burglars were covered.

File-Heather said on top of taking various apparel, footwear and accessories, the culprits cut the wires of their CCTV cameras and destroyed the cash till.

They are alleged to have also trashed the office destroying computers and equipment by smashing them and pouring water all over them leaving them unable to operate.

Police spokesperson Trevor Pitt said the Criminal Investigation Bureau (CIB) detectives were working on the case.

“The CIB are working on the cases, they have several on the books at present.”

Police also received a burglary report over the weekend at Tereora College.

Pitt says burglaries are a concern for Police at present.

“Data is revealing we are well out of the Covid trends and returning to those familiar numbers from before the pandemic,” he said.

“For example, the burglaries for the first two months of 2023 are up 41 per cent in 2022 and 89 per cent up from 2021. But below the first two months of 2020 by 19 per cent.” 

Meanwhile, File-Heather said they were slowly getting business back to normal.

She said they were getting the software reinstalled on another computer to run their stocktake.  

File-Heather is calling members of the public to get in touch if they have any information relating to the burglary.