NCD Police arrest 5 suspects for extortion

(Report by Police Media Officer Constable Sylvester Wemuru.)

Five men were arrested by police in Port Moresby for stealing a mobile telephone worth more than K5,000 from the managing director of a security company and later attempted to extort K500 from the executive for the return of the phone.

On Monday, April 10, 2023, at around 12 noon, Mr Anthon Kaupa, the Managing Director of Kuima Security Service was at his office in Taurama with one of the suspect and others when his mobile telephone, an iPhone worth about K5,000 went missing.

On April 11, the suspect and his accomplices allegedly called Mr Kaupa and told him that they had his phone with them and asked him for K500 for its return. They told him to meet them at Bautama, in the Central Province.

Mr Kaupa called NCD police and informed them of the call. Police Officers from Sector Patrol 104 Unit quickly hatched a plan to capture the suspects.

A policeman in civilian accompanied Mr Kaupa in his vehicle to meet the suspects whilst other policemen followed in another unmarked vehicle.

The five suspects were rounded up and apprehended and the phone was recovered and given back to the owner.

Mr Kaupa is pleased with the police officers who he said did an excellent job planning their operation professionally and recovered the phone and also arrested the suspects.