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Resort worker arrested over alleged theft

Police have arrested an employee of the Taumeasina Island Resort, in connection with the alleged theft of $50,000 over the Mother's Day long weekend.

Commissioner of Police, Fuiavaili’ili Egon Keil, confirmed the arrest when responding to questions from the Samoa Observer and added it came as a result of a Police investigation.

“I can confirm that one man has been arrested and charged for theft," he said.

Asked whether the robbery was an inside job, the Commissioner said: “I can confirm he’s an employee, that man's now under Police custody."

Fauiavaili’ili said the Police are still looking for another suspect, but he did not say whether he is an employee. 

When asked how the men were able to break into the resort's vault, the Commissioner refused to divulge more information 

But a senior resort staff, who did not wish to be identified, told this newspaper that the cash was stolen from the vault during the Mother’s Day weekend. 

The Taumeasina Island Resort General Manager, Nathan Bucknall, confirmed the incident. But refused to give more information when he was contacted by this newspaper. 

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