By NICHOLAS SIREO
ORGANISED crimes are being committed by gang members with high-powered weapons, Lae Met Supt Anthony Wagambie Jr says.
Wagambie made the comment after of a string of well-planned robberies with the use of high-powered guns.
According to police briefs, armed men who dressed up as policemen and armed with a fake search warrant, robbed a shop at Bulolo earlier this month.
Two other robberies occurred right after the independence anniversary weekend in Lae.
Police say armed criminals held up staff of two business houses and made off with a substantial amount of money.
Pelgens in Eriku was robbed on Monday morning when seven criminals, who pretended to be customers, walked straight into the administration office with high-powered guns and held up the company staff.
Police reports indicated that there was a shoot-out between the robbery suspects and a police unit after the robbery happened.
“The suspects used a high- powered rifle and two factory-made shot guns to shoot indiscriminately at the police unit as they escaped,” Wagambie told The National. Another robbery occurred two hours later when armed criminals walked into Lae International Hotel and took off with an undisclosed amount of money.
Wagambie described the Lae International Hotel robbery as a “well planned inside job” because suspects knew exactly where to go and what to do
“High-powered fire arms are still in the hands of criminals, therefore, members of the communities are urged to come forward and give us information so we could arrest them and retrieve the fire arms,” he said.
Meanwhile, two suspects in the Bulolo robbery have been arrested and detained and police are working around to clock to arrest suspects involved in the other robberies in Lae.
By NICHOLAS SIREO