Stolen cigarettes

Suspects charged over Choulai stolen cigarettes

Gabriel Bona and Christine Kamel were arrested and charged for receiving and being in possession of the stolen cigarettes.

They were apprehended and charged last week, after the cartons of cigarettes were found in their residence at Tokarara in the National Capital District (NCD).

Seventy-five of the 160 cartons of cigarettes stolen from Choulai, a wholesale outlet in Port Moresby, were recovered by the PPTFT last Monday.

The K1.5 million worth of Cambridge cigarette cartons were stolen at 11am on Saturday 19 January, at Two-Mile Hill.

Cigarettes recovered

Police have recovered 75 of the 168 cartons of cigarettes that were stolen from the delivery truck last Saturday.

The team recovered the items at a private residence at Tokarara.

A number of suspects have been brought into police custody but are yet to be formally charged, possibly for receiving stolen items.   

Police believe this is an inside job.

NCD Metropolitian Superintendent Perou N’Dranou said the recovery of the items was due to the tireless effort of the PPTFT.