25 Jan 2016

Bank robberies in Solomon Islands on the rise

6:47 am on 25 January 2016

The Solomon Islands Police Commissioner says incidents of bank robberies are on the rise.

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

Frank Prendergast's comments follow a broad daylight robbery of the Bank South Pacific in the busy Central District of Point Cruz in Central Honiara last week.

The robbers attacked two Chinese businessmen who were on their way to the bank to deposit their weekend takings.

He says Westpac, which recently operated in the same premises, was also robbed in broad daylight, as was BSP in Auki, the provincial capital of Malaita.

The robbers in Auki were armed with guns while those in Honiara had knives.

Police arrested four people in connection with the Point Cruz BSP bank robbery following a tip-off that they were out on a drinking spree on a beach on the western outskirts of Honiara.