More than 10 bech-de-mer related robberies have been reported in Milne bay province since the opening of the season recently.
“Since the opening of the bech-de-mer season recently about 10-15 cases of bech-de-mer related robberies have been reported”, said Acting Provincial Police Commander George Bayagau.
A/PPC Bayagau revealed that from the reported, police have acted swiftly to recover cash and stolen items.
Bayagau however stressed that there were many unreported cases, blaming it on the geographical locations were the incidents occurred as police could not reach in time.
He raised concerns and appealed to residents and locals to be wary of criminals as Police are still in search of 9 criminals who held up a vessel last month stealing bech-de-mer bags and cash.
“Forty-five 50kg bags of bech-de-mer were stolen worth K350, 000 including K7300 cash and mobile phones from the crew” he said.
He said the incident happened in Salamo when the criminals held up the captain armed with factory made guns.
Bayagau appealed to locals and residents stressing that criminals are not targeting cash only but bech-de-mer produces as well.
He added that buying and selling of bech-de-mer is to cease this month and appeals to everyone to consult police if need be for escort.