Thugs steal police guns – Armoury broken into in dawn raid

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The National, Tuesday 16th April 2013


A NUMBER of firearms were yesterday removed from the police armoury in Port Moresby after thieves broke into the constabulary’s headquarters.

National Capital District acting metropolitan commander Perou N’dranou said the thieves broke into the Konedobu headquarters between 5am and 6am. 

No one was guarding the armoury at the time.

He said they were yet to establish the number and types of firearms stolen after a thorough stock-take.

“The full list of the firearms stolen will be known later,” N’dranou said.

He said the thieves gained access by climbing the mango tree next to the police accounts section office and entered the other offices.

N’dranou said the thugs used a bolt cutter and two pinch bars to cut through  security wires of a window.

They then entered the community policing office and then went to the firearms section.

“They broke the main door, and a second door, and went straight to the armoury to remove the equipment and firearms,” N’dranou said.

He said two computers were also removed but were abandoned outside the fence when the thugs fled.

Police detectives and forensic officers are investigating the break-in and theft.

N’dranou said public could assist the police to get the firearms from the criminals.

“I am appealing to the public to report to police any suspicious movements of criminals and firearms in the city,” he said.