30 Jan 2006

Anger in PNG after robbers dressed as police get away with tens of thousands

5:08 pm on 30 January 2006

Police in the capital of Papua New Guinea are investigating a robbery in which four armed men dressed in police uniform walked into a supermarket and stole nearly 66-thousand US dollars meant for an automatic teller machine.

The National newspaper reports that the incident, has baffled NCD police chief Tony Wagambie, who has refused to rule out police involvement.

Police say four suspects dressed in police uniforms and armed with two rifles and displaying a blue police light on a Mitsubishi Pajero, drove into the shop and held up the security personnel while they were attempting to restock an ATM machine on Saturday morning.

Mr Wagambie says it would be intolerable if it was found that policemen and women were selling uniforms and blue lights to criminal elements.