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Three teens in custody following high-profile burglaries

Friday 5 May 2023 | Written by Losirene Lacanivalu | Published in Court, Crime, National

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Three teens in custody following high-profile burglaries
The CCTV footage of the alleged culprits involved in a burglary at Fave Designs in Avarua. SUPPLIED/23032701/23032702

Three teenagers who are alleged to have been involved in two high-profile burglaries in town have been arrested.

Fave Designs break-in was reported on March 13 while South Seas International break-in was reported on April 2.

Police said the arrests of the three teenagers, that is two males aged 18 and 19, and a female aged 18, was successful due to solid investigations.

Fave Designs Ana File-Heather said they were pleased with the news that those responsible for the break-in and damages to their store were finally apprehended.

She said as a small business, those types of events were real setbacks financially and especially after such a difficult economic period.

“Now we need to ensure that these individuals aren’t just given a slap on the wrist and are held accountable for their actions.

“There are so many opportunities and support out there for young people to create amazing lives in the Cook Islands so it is very disheartening to see that these young individuals have chosen to go down a path of crime,” she added.

“Meitaki Maata to the Cook Islands Police for working hard to ensure the culprits are caught. We can rest easier now.”

Fave Designs specialises in basics, streetwear, design and garment printing services.

The shop was broken into in the early hours of Sunday, March 12.

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

File-Heather had earlier 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 media spokesman Trevor Pitt said police worked a number of burglaries throughout the past month, leading to the breakthrough on Wednesday.

“Two males (18 and 19) and a female (18) were remanded into custody, awaiting an appearance in court, as early as tomorrow (today).”

Pitt said police have issued a warning to offenders that no matter how long investigations take, you will be pursued and caught.

Meanwhile, 10 burglaries were reported to police during March, and three, last month.