Thieves strike M.N.R.E. office in Savai'i

Bathroom fixtures and furniture are among items that were stolen from the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (M.N.R.E.) Waste Management Division office in Vaia’ata Savai'i.

The Samoa Observer has learned that the office was burglarised in April with thieves walking off with whole sets of toilets, sinks, tables and chairs from the office.

It is understood that a Police investigation on the matter is still underway.

According to a senior official, who is not authorised to speak to the media, the relative isolation of the office in Vai'a'ata has posed a challenge to investigators. So far there have been no arrests.

"The challenge with that case is that no one is actually based back there where that office is and this makes it hard to trace for any leads," the official said.

"It is said only one security guard was on duty during the incident."

However, requests for a comment on the value of the stolen items from the M.N.R.E. Chief Executive Officer, Ulu Bismarck Crawley were not returned.

Questions were also sent to the Deputy Police and Prisons Commissioner, Papali'i Monalisa Keti-Tiai, but were not responded to as of press time.

Vaia'ata is the current location of Savai’i island's landfill area. 

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