By ZACHERY PER
THREE men armed with knives and a homemade gun robbed the Express Mail Service (EMS) in Goroka of K15,000 outside Bank South Pacific last Monday.
An EMS woman employee had just stepped out of the bank with a bag containing the money when the armed robbers swung a knife at her hands.
She let go of the bag which the robbers grabbed and ran towards a parked Mainlands Holdings Mitsubishi L200 vehicle.
They then pulled the driver, Kelly Gende out of the vehicle as he was about to get out to head for the bank.
The robbers sped off in the vehicle towards Seigu and fled via upper Bena Road.
Eastern Highlands provincial police commander Chief Superintendent Augustine Wampe confirmed the armed robbery and said the robbers’ getaway vehicle was found abandoned off the road near Sioke Primary School in upper Bena area, a few kilometres out of Goroka town.
He said the robbers escaped into the bushes with money.
“A normal police investigation is in progress to establish those involved.
“We suspect that it is an inside job and if we carry out our investigation and find out our fact, those involve will be dealt with both the police and the company.
“People always think that they are going to hide from whatever they are doing, but they are not because the law will catch them,” he said.
Mr Gende, who was dragged out of the vehicle and thrown on the bitumen road, wanted police to thoroughly investigate the incident and jail those involved.
Fortunately he sustained no injuries but the vehicle was badly damaged with its back windscreen allegedly removed.