Taxi drivers, in their 20s, investigated over aggravated robbery claims

Police have arrested two young taxi drivers of Lautoka who claimed they were collectively robbed of more than two hundred dollars in cash, a phone and assorted cards in two separate incidents.

Initial investigations found that the two, in their 20s, who told authorities that they were deprived of their properties by four youths, may not have been upfront with the police.

One of the men, residing in Kashmir, who had claimed he was robbed of cash and cards, was using the same cards days after the alleged robbery. Enquiries into the other incident involving the second man who claimed to have been robbed of his phone and cash led police back to the man’s home where they found the phone that was reported stolen.

“The first case…reported that he was allegedly robbed by two youths along Saru, Navula. He claimed the two youths robbed him of his wallet containing more than $100 cash and assorted cards. Investigators pursued leads based on information gathered [where] it was discovered that he was still presenting the same identification cards at other business outlets days after the incident,” police said.

“In a separate incident, a taxi driver reported that he was a victim of an alleged robbery at Naikabula Road, Lautoka. He claimed that two youths stole more than a hundred dollars in cash and a mobile phone. Investigators along with a team from the K9 Unit conducted house to house enquiries.

The two men remain in custody as investigations continue.

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