Stolen items recovered in Tatana raid

At least half of the stolen electrical items from Napanapa and the nearby refinery that were taken in a number of burglary cases have been recovered at Tatana Village in Port Moresby.

The items were recovered during a police raid at the village over the weekend.

NCD superintendent operations, Michael Tilae, said dinghies were used for the crimes within the space of a month in different areas, including the Napanapa refinery and AES near Roku village. 

Reports were received of thefts being allegedly conducted by men from Tatana however, a raid was not conducted until a warrant of search was obtained last week.

Furthermore, a search could not be conducted due to Tatana being one of the no-go zones for police.

Tilae said various electrical items and other household and office items were recovered during the raid but no suspects have been apprehended yet.

Tilae also commended the Tatana villagers for cooperating well with police during the search.

He said the villagers expressed frustration over the ongoing criminal activities and were willing to cooperate with police to bring these thieves to justice.

A crew was at the village this morning to get views from villagers on the issue.

(NCD superintendent operations, Michael Tilae)

Imelda Wavik