Arrest in Solomon Island bank robbery investigation

5:55 pm on 4 December 2015

Police in Solomon Islands say they have arrested one suspect in relation to a bank robbery last week in Malaita.

Three masked men armed with semi-automatic weapons walked into the Bank South Pacific branch in Auki on Black Friday morning and made off with over 30 thousand US dollars in cash.

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Solomons Police Chief Frank Prendergast, (foreground). Photo: RNZI Koroi Hawkins

The commissioner of police Frank Prendergast says a large contingent of police is still searching for the three people they believe carried out the robbery.

"We have one person in custody in relation to the robbery and a range of active lines of enquiry and we have been very grateful for the co-operation from the community and everyone recognises we don't want these types of incidents occurring in our communities and I have been very heartened by the level of support that we have received."