Thirteen villagers of Yasawa who earlier this week assaulted a resort owner and damaged his property following their termination from work have been released on strict bail conditions by the Magistrates Court in Lautoka.
Fiji Police are now trying to ascertain whether the five inmates who escaped from Naboro Prison last night are linked to a spate of robberies that occurred in the Central and Southern Division last night and into the early hours of this morning.
Fiji Police spokesperson Ana Naisoro said at 10.50pm a case of theft of a motor vehicle was reported at Lower Ragg Avenue whereby a black Hyundai 8 sitter van was reported stolen, however it was later found at Cunningham this morning.
She also added at 12.30 am another group of men robbed the Wish Bone Restaurant in Centre-point and stole the cash register.
A report was later received from Muanikau where a group of men forcefully broke into a home of a doctor and stole items to the total value of $3,900.00.
Half an hour later it is alleged a group of masked men armed with pinch bars and beer bottles entered and threatened the staff of Peninsula hotel and stole items to the total value of $329.00 property belonging to the receptionist.
“At this point we are trying to establish if there is a direct link of these robberies to the group of escapees,” Naisoro said.
Police operations have been tasked to apprehend the five escaped inmates within the next 24 hours.
Naisoro added that anyone with information that could lead to the arrest of the five escapees is being requested to call 919 or your nearest community post or police station.
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