The police have arrested two suspects in a case where the safe of Alifu Dhaalu Atoll Dhangethi Island Health Centre’s safe was stolen.
According to the police, the incident occurred last Thursday night (13 February).
Police said that patrolling officers that night noticed the windows of the island health post were opened and checked to see if everything was alright before found out that the safe was stolen.
The safe was found one and a half hours later, and police was able to recover the money inside the safe as well.
Dhangethi police station is investigating the case.
Police are investigating the theft of more than MVR500,000 from the safe at the Faafu atoll council office in Nilandhoo today.
The robbery was reported to police at 7:56am this morning, according to police media. The thieves are believed to have broken the safe after entering the atoll council office through a window.
Police are currently trying to locate a suspect while investigation and forensic teams from the Nilandhoo and Dhaal Kudahuvadhoo police stations are active in the island.
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.
Police have recovered the safe of Randheli Island Resort along with the money inside, 19 hours after it was reported missing.
The safe contained US$50,000 and Rf100,000 (US$6500) when it was stolen.
The safe was reported missing yesterday morning at 9:00am and 10 minutes later a team of police officers consisting of forensic officers and investigative officers were dispatched to the island, police said.
According to police the safe was found hidden inside some woods on the island at 4:30am early this morning.
Police said crimes of this type had increased lately, and said the Police Public Affairs Department had been having meetings with businessman to advise them on strengthening security of their businesses.
Police are trying to find those involved in the case as the investigation continues.
Randheli Resort is a resort under construction located in Noonu Atoll – a resort developed by the French company LVMH Moët Hennessy, according to local newspapers.
Police Spokesperson Sub-Inspector Hassan Haneef today said that one man had been arrested in connection with the case.
‘’Police have figured out three others involved in the case and are currently trying to arrest them,’’ Haneef said.
Haneef said police could not disclose further information at the time as the investigation was not yet concluded.