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Increase in Petty Crimes and Robberies Causes Market Closure

National Capital District Reservist Police officers today closed the Garden Hill market after a NCDC officers belongings were stolen from an NCDC vehicle while parked nearby.

This hasn’t been the first instance a crime has happened at this particular market.

Garden Hill families, who depend on the Market to make money, now face uncertainty.

While Garden Hill market isn’t a legal market, it provides fresh produce for residents who live at Garden Hill.
But, the market is also well known for the petty crimes like bilum snatching and serious crimes of stabbings.

The latest victim of the criminal activaties at Garden Hill is Victor Pohonhelan. He said that only 10 minutes after he parked his vehicle he was notified by a Moni plus security guard that his belongings had been removed from the vehicle.

Vendor’s tables were set a blaze and community leaders from the nearby settlement quickly identified two men from Goroka and Sepik, as suspects.

One resident who has lived at Garden Hill for almost 30 years told EMTV News that residents there are scared because of the way people are held up.

The market will be reopened once the two suspects have been apprehended and the stolen items returned. But, women and men who sell their produce say they are the ones losing the most.

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