Friday, 2 October 2009 9:07 AM

Nine Arrested Over Burglary of Police Commissioner's Residence

Nine people have been arrested and are assisting police in investigations into the burglary incident at the Police Commissioner's residence at Panatina Village east Honiara which occurred early Wednesday morning.

Initial reports say that ten young men took off with some valuables and cash after fighting off three security guards, and breaking into Commissioner Peter Marshall's residence.

They also destroyed a car belonging to Mrs Marshall.

Acting Director of the Criminal Investigation Department, Inspector Jack Balaga says the nine young men are currently being interviewed in relation to the incident and will be dealt with accordingly.

Mr Balaga says they have managed to recover some of the stolen property aligned with the arrests which includes a digital camera, a blood tester, and a sony speaker.

Property still to be recovered include credit cards, a lap top, cash and personal effects.

The CID head is also appealing to the community to come forward if they have any information which may lead to the recovery of the outstanding property.

Meanwhile, the Police Commissioner Peter Marshall says he is undaunted by the events on early Wednesday morning at his residence at Panatina Village east Honiara which involved ten masked men who took off with cash and other valuables after fighting off three security guards.

Speaking to the local media yesterday Mr Marshall says this type of cowardly conduct is unacceptable.

The Police Commissioner says his concern is that they are dealing with "large numbers of unemployed people who are aligned to squatter settlements around Honiara who are pre-disposed to carry out such disturbing crime."

He says the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force will continue to investigate and charge people and also to place people before the court with strong opposition to bail.

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