Three suspects charged with airport robbery
BY NELLIE SETEPANO
THREE suspects have been arrested and formally charged for their involvement in the K1.2 million robbery at Jackson International Airport in Port Moresby on November 3.
Assistant Commissioner of Police NCD/Central commander Sylvester Kalaut said yesterday police investigations had so far led to the arrest of two suspects to make a total of three arrested to date.
Two firearms believed to have been used in the robbery and K20,000 in cash were recovered.
Mr Kalaut confirmed that the man found dead at Baruni recently was also a suspect in the armed robbery.
The three arrests involved a bank worker, a non-gazetted police reservist based at Hohola and an employee of third level airliner Tropicair.
The banker suspect was charged with robbery in his part of supplying a firearm to criminals, while the non-gazetted police reservist charged with robbery in his part of providing an illegal firearm that is believed to be owned by a police officer.
Further investigations revealed that firearm is an unlicensed firearm belonging to a police officer.
Mr Kalaut said that appropriate actions will be taken on police officers involved.
The Tropicair employee, alleged to be the insider, prior to his arrest was seen at Gerehu, Moresby Northwest, meeting with criminals and providing information on the planned robbery which was carried out in the vicinity of the Tropicair airport terminal building, a fair distance from the main domestic and international terminal buildings.
Commander Kalaut has warned business houses to be cautious when dealing with large cash transfers