The National, Tuesday 09th April, 2013
TANG Mow supermarket, the largest grocery shop in Wewak, East Sepik was robbed off about K300,000 yesterday morning.
Provincial police commander Chief Supt Joe Poma said three armed men walked into the supermarket around 8.30am and held up the employees and security guards.
They made away with the weekend’s takings.
“This was very early in the morning. I was told that they were trying to take the money to the bank when it was intercepted by the thieves.
“The banks open at 9am. Why did they want to move the money out very early?” he asked.
Police believed it was an inside job and appealed to the Wewak public to help track the robbers.
Poma urged the company management to conduct a separate internal investigation given the suspicious circumstances of the robbery.
The get-away vehicle was recovered at Boys Town by police and security officers.
Poma said police followed the thieves’ tracks into the bush yesterday.
“I am appealing to everyone to help police apprehend these few greedy people who will make us all suffer the consequences.
“We will suffer because recouping the money lost would be passed by the shop onto the customers.
“They will do that by charging an extra toea for the goods we buy over a period of time,” Poma said.
Tang Mow management could not be reached for comment yesterday as they were in a meeting but the supermarket was closed for business yesterday.