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Gold theft alarms

By Lanuola Tusani Tupufia

A convict allegedly broke into the home of a prominent businesswoman during the weekend, stole expensive jewelry and sold it to a gold buyer in town.
The businesswoman, who asked not to be named for safety reasons, says she is horrified that anyone can take stolen items and get money for it without any form of verification.

She spoke to the Samoa Observer because she wants to warn other members of the community. The woman believes the availability of gold traders in Samoa such as Secured Gold Buyers is encouraging criminals to steal from unsuspecting members of the community. “This sort of business is not healthy for Samoa,” she says.

“They are pressuring people who are struggling to break into houses and take what doesn’t belong to them. They are encouraging others to steal for fast cash.”
The woman told the Samoa Observer this is the first time in 13 years that something like this has happened to her. But the growing number of similar incidents are alarming.

She says she’s not pointing the finger to those businesses that fix people’s jewelry.
She also doesn’t blame people

selling their own jewelry to gold traders.

“But I’m talking about businesses that buy gold without asking questions,” she says.  “I’m referring to those that take these jewelry as junk and destroy them right away without questioning the person or taking any precautions about whether it’s stolen goods or not.”

After she found out that her jewelries were stolen and were the only things that were taken, she contacted the businesses to “look out for someone who might bring my jewelry in to trade.” The victim wasn’t happy when she found out that her gold the thief turned in to one of the businesses were destroyed.

“They could’ve given people enough time to come in and identify the things before they do what they want to do with it,” she says.
“These are not junk, they are very valuable things that belongs to someone who spend their money on.”

The businesswoman is warning people to be cautious about leaving their gold at home.
Assistant Police Commissioner, Leaupepe Fatu Pula was not immediately available for a comment yesterday.

But late yesterday afternoon, the businesswoman said some of her jewelries were recovered when the police caught the thief.
Others have not been found. The man has since been charged with theft.

Attempts to get a comment from Secured Gold Buyers, located at the Tanoa Tusitala Hotel, in Sogi, were unsuccessful.
The business was closed yesterday. It opens from today until Saturday.

 

 

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