Robbery

Shop owner injures robbery suspect

The man and two other suspects were apprehended by the Lae police and will be facing charges related to the armed robbery.

The wounded suspect was identified as a man from Yangoru, East Sepik, while the other two are from Morobe Province.

They are all from the Miles area in Lae.

The Lae metropolitan superintendent, commander Anthony Wagambie Jnr, said the three men were part of at least a ten-man gang armed with machetes and home-made guns.

The group had attempted to rob the shop but they did not anticipate that the owner would have a pistol.

Over K500,000 stolen in BSP robbery

Eastern Highlands provincial police commander, Alex N’Drasel, said around 4 to 5 armed men entered the bank’s Priority Banking area and robbed a BSP client.

They took off with K567,000 cash.

PPC N’Drasel said between 10am and 11am, the robbers drove into the Priority Banking area and parked there.

Soon after, the accountant of Shanda Trading, including an Asian man and their driver, drove into the parking lot.

When the female accountant stepped out of the vehicle to enter the bank, the men got out with high powered guns and held them up.

Lae police stop robbery attempt

Lae’s Metropolitan Superintendent Commander, Anthony Wagambi Junior said, their attempt was foiled by members of the Sector Response Unit (SRU) who were on foot patrol at that location.

One of the men had a homemade gun with him and open fired.

Police gave warning shots and managed to push them back into their streets, when they returned fire.

Police pursued them giving warning shots, however the men got mixed up in the crowd celebrating New Year.

In fear of shooting bystanders, police left.

Well-dressed men in armed Gordon's holdup

A man was held up at his Gordon residence on Wednesday at around lunch time by a group of armed men.

Police report that at about 12:30pm, four armed unknown men, who were well dressed, entered the victim’s Henao Drive home and held him up.

The suspects walked away with the man’s bank cards, car keys, two mobile phones, work documents and cash consisting of K300, A$40 and US$1,000.

Reports state that the suspects escaped in a waiting vehicle; a Toyota Harrier station wagon, silver grey in colour bearing the registration number BED 975.

CPL robber gets 6 years

Pala Kulu Adix was the driver of one of the two stolen vehicles that was used in the armed robbery of 27 November, 2014.

The father-of-two, from Keapara, Rigo, Central Province, pleaded guilty to the charge of armed robbery today and was sentenced to six years in prison.

He admitted to being the driver of a 15-seater bus that was used in the robbery, in which K28,596.72, the property of City Pharmacy Ltd, was taken.

None of those monies were recovered. Knives, factory and home-made guns were used in the robbery.

Kerema robbery allegedly led to regional clash

According to a resident, a man from the Highlands region had gone into town to purchase betelnut during the day when he was allegedly attacked by a known thug in the town.

The criminal forced the man to hand over his belongings but he refused, leading to him getting stabbed.

The witness said the victim's relatives later came in busloads during the night and attacked people in the town, where an innocent man was caught in the commotion and is now nursing serious injuries.

Police recover stolen shotgun

Metropolitan Superintendent, Anthony Wagambie Jnr, said the factory made pistol grip shotgun belongs to Nadzab Police was recovered by Police Criminal Investigation Department last week in the Morobe provincial capital.

“We had been tracing that gun for some time after it was stolen from Nadzab Police following an armed robbery last year, where the principal of a secondary school was held up and large amount of money belonging to the school stolen,” Wagambie Jnr said.

He said the gun was taken from the policeman who was providing escort to the school principal.

Expat stabbed in attempted robbery in Lae

Lae Metropolitan Superintendent Anthony Wagambie Jnr said the attempted armed robbery happened at BNBM Hardware at about 8.30am.

“A gang of more than six men stormed the shop and held up security guards, staff and customers.

“They proceeded to the administration office and tried to get cash from the safe but resistance was put up by the Chinese national manager.

“The armed robbers attacked him by stabbing him with knives.” 

Wagambie Jnr said quick police response when alerted resulted in three of the suspects and weapons used in the robbery apprehended.   

Two detained for armed robbery in Eastern Highlands

Police reports from Goroka said these two suspects were part of seven suspects who robbed a PMV bus with bush knives at Komiufa village, near Goroka.

It was alleged that the suspects in the pretext of passengers boarded the PMV and whilst getting off at the village, held up the crew and made off with the day's takings.

Police said the owner and relatives were able to apprehend two suspects while the rest are at large.

Court rejects Maybank robber's request

While all his co-accuseds’ cases have been committed to the Waigani National Court for trial, Willie Allan’s case remains at the District court, three years on after he first appeared.

Allan, who was charged with receiving stolen properties, armed robbery and conspiring with others to commit a crime appeared on Friday at the Waigani Committal Court.

Currently remanded at Bomana, Magistrate Cosmas Bidar said his case has unfortunately taken this long in court because Allan had earlier escaped custody before he was captured.