The Police have arrested a “well known criminal” who had been on the most wanted list with an outstanding warrant for his arrest.
This was confirmed by the Police in a statement.
The statement does not name the “criminal".
But it says the man is a suspect in “a number of unsolved burglary cases" .
“Earlier today whilst everyone celebrated Christmas, the police chased a well known criminal who was wanted on a warrant of arrest issued by the court after he failed to appear to answer to charges filed against him in February 2017,” the statement said.
“This particular individual was also wanted by Police on a number of unsolved burglary cases.
“Police resources were pulled from General Policing, Domestic Violence Unit, Traffic, Forensic, K9 and Tactical Operation to assist the Criminal Investigation Division with the pursuit. Furthermore, the support of the community made it possible for police to apprehend this individual. He is now in custody.”
The Police thanked the villages of Ma'agao, Vigi-fou and Moataa for their assistance in the arrest made.
Also during the weekend, the Police responded to a call from a member of the public concerning illicit drugs (marijuana) being sold at the Tafa’igata area.
“As a result, the police apprehended two male individuals who were in possession of a troubling quantity of marijuana. Both men have been charged accordingly and are now awaiting their court cases.
“Eradicating the issue of drugs and access to marijuana in Samoa requires a whole of community approach.
“The Samoa Police Service would not be able to do its role if it wasn’t for the courageous members of our community who are reporting these matters to us.
“The S.P.S. wishes to extend its sincere appreciation to the general public who are continuing their support by being vigilant and reporting suspicious matters to the police.
“We hope that every family in Samoa enjoys the Festive Holidays with zero drugs in our streets/homes and community.”