BY SHARON WALI
A LOCAL green copra buyer has lost K30,000 to criminals after he was robbed at 2:30am at his family home.
Morning Star Business Group owner Toiki Wate was resting at his house at Birar village in the Bitapaka LLG, Kokopo district, East New Britain when he was disturbed from sleep by dogs barking.
He went out to check and was held up by a group of men armed with firearms and bushknives, demanding his basket with his truck keys and bank card inside.
While three men guarded him other when on rampage inside the house looking for money until they found the K30,000 and fled in the truck.
East New Britain police commander Joseph Tabali said the truck was later recovered opposite the Bitapaka War Cemetery.
One suspect has been arrested by police and investigations are continuing to identify the others.
But there has been a snag in the investigations, when the suspect used false identification and was left out of the cells.
Mr Tabali said a police officer has been suspended and the suspect has been re-arrested.
He is now appealing to people within and around Birar and Bitapaka area who have any information about the robbery to come forward.
He said the suspect, Demtsiy Kiudi, 28, from Toboina was cooperative with the police.