A 24 year old man is in police custody for a case of theft of motor vehicle after he was quickly apprehended by highway personnel yesterday afternoon.

The suspect from Lautoka is alleged to have stolen a vehicle from a shopping center complex in Laucala Bay at around 3pm.

It is alleged that he drove off in the vehicle while the owner was loading items into his car.

Within minutes the suspect was arrested by Highway officers at Namena Road in Vatuwaqa whereby he escorted to the Raiwaqa Police Station where he remains in custody.

The increased tempo of operations resulted in the quick arrest and this posture is being adopted in all four divisions as we anticipate criminal elements to take advantage of the Christmas shopping rush.

Members of the public are reminded to be mindful of their safety and be alert as the shopping rush gives rise to opportunistic crimes as people are caught up in their activities and often let their guard down overlooking personal safety.

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