Police have confirmed the arrest of four people in connection to the theft on Sunday (January 6) of a safe from a health centre located on the island of Fares-Maathoda in Gaafu Dhaalu Atoll.
Police Spokesperson Sub-Inspector Haneef confirmed the arrests today, while also disclosing that the safe taken during the raid had been uncovered.
According to Haneef, the safe, which had been used to keep wages and other payments to health centre staff, had been discovered in waters surrounding the island yesterday (January 7).
“The safe was severely damaged when it was found and there was no money in it,” he said.
Local media has reported that an estimated MVR 28,000 (US$ 1,830) had been kept in the safe at the time of the theft.
The Manager of Fares-Mathoda Health Centre Mohamed Waheed has told Minivan News that thieves had broken though the health centre’s windows to gain entry to the building before managing to remove the safe from the property.
‘’It is a huge loss for the health centre, the money they stole had been saved to pay the salary of a staff that was on leave,’’ Waheed said. “It is the money saved to pay some allowances to the expatriate staff working here as well.’’
Waheed claimed the Health Centre presently had no budget, and may require government assistance to cover its losses.
“We are hoping that the Health Ministry will provide assistance to the Health Centre,” he said. “I understand that the stolen safe was found but [was] empty. We are also not provided with details of the investigation until it is completed.’’
Fares-Mathoda’s Island Council has told the local media that there had been growing concern at a perceived increase in crimes occurring in the area of late.