One arrested, two at large after Longoteme shop robberies

Police were searching for two men after a suspect was arrested following shop robberies in Longoteme, a Police spokesperson said.

A 20-year-old man from Longoteme was arrested in relation to robberies of two retail shops in the town.

Police were called to a report of theft in a Chinese shop at the Kauvai area at 11pm on August 27.

The robbers took off with $4,900 cash and $200 pa’anga worth of phone cards.

Police were again called to a second robbery in Longoteme which took place on September 4 at about 1am in a shop belonged to a Tongan national.

The thieves got away with thousands of paʻangas worth of stolen items.

Police believed the two robberies were linked.

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