The reported theft of cash at the Punanga Nui Market on Wednesday of last week and the theft of another motorbike are typical of complaints lodged with the police on an “all-too regular” basis, says Cook Islands Police Service spokesman Trevor Pitt.
A female police officer needed medical attention after being kicked in the back of the head during an assault incident, in the early hours of Sunday morning.
Following what was described as a “chaotic” week on the roads around Rarotonga last week, problems continued over the weekend, with four accidents reported from Friday to Sunday.
Escaped prisoner Taana John is back behind bars after being captured by police yesterday afternoon. Cook Islands Police Service spokesman Trevor Pitt said John had been apprehended thanks to a tip-off and swift action by three teams of officers.
Police want to capitalise on the significant drop in reported burglaries last month by continuing to crack down on known offenders and encouraging ways the community can help stop the offending.
A number of motor vehicle accidents on Rarotonga roads have kept the Cook Islands Police Service busy this past week, including one involving an unmarked police vehicle.
Fourteen individuals faced 17 separate charges for violent offences at the courthouse yesterday, appearing in front of Justice of the Peace Bernice Manarangi.