The National – Tuesday, December 28, 2010
By ZACHERY PER
A MAJOR break and enter has marred what was a very peaceful Christmas celebrations in Goroka, Eastern Highlands.
Eastern Highlands police commander Chief Supt Augustine Wampe wasted no time to lead his men into Genoka settlement to quickly apprehend seven suspects including a woman and two primary school students.
Thugs from Genoka, one of the major settlements in Goroka, broke into Chemica Supermarket at around 3am Saturday and made of with thousands kina worth of items.
Police after being tipped off moved into the settlement and recouped two water pumps valued over K8,000 each, a TV screen and other items.
Police arrested seven suspects including a Grade 6 and a Grade 7 student. They were detained at the Juvenile Police cell where they spent the Christmas weekend.
The other five suspects were locked up at the Goroka Police cell. Wampe commended his officers for an excellent job in apprehending the
suspects and recouping some of the stolen items.
Wampe thanked the settlement leaders for assisting the police catch the thieves and recover the stolen items.
He also thanked the church and community leaders of different communities for ensuring that peace and unity was otherwise maintained during the Christmas period.
Wampe urged the public in EHP to continue the same effort for peace in the New Year celebrations.