Suspects caught after armed robbery today

Quick response by police resulted in the apprehension of two suspects in an armed robbery at a shop at Eriku, Lae, today.

Prior to the robbery, about eight suspects held up a vehicle and its occupants, tying their hands and legs and dumping them at a secluded spot at Butibum village.

They then went to Eriku where they held up the workers and security guards at 1.10pm.

Lae metropolitan superintendent, Anthony Wagambie Jnr, said: “Takings from the bottle shop was removed as well as the cash register.

“The suspects were armed with two factory made guns, homemade guns and knives.

“They escaped in the waiting vehicle towards Admin Compound, where the vehicle was abandoned and they escaped on foot.”

The police boss said they were alerted and responded immediately.

“Two prime suspects were apprehended within Admin Compound with a loaded factory made shot gun. Police, upon retrieving the gun, unloaded it. The two suspects are known to Police for previous offences.

“Police combed the area from Bumbu River up but were unsuccessful in apprehending the other suspects.

“The cash register was left behind by the robbers in their haste to escape and was returned to Police by residents of Admin Compound.”

The police boss has commended his personnel for their quick response to the robbery and apprehending of the suspects.

“More satisfying to me was the fact that a loaded factory made shotgun was recovered.

“The weapon was loaded and ready to be used. Fortunately, no one was shot or hurt by the criminals.

“I also thank the residents of Admin Compound who also returned the cash register.

“Police in Lae will continue to be alert for crimes like this.”

Press release