Four men have been remanded in custody for their alleged involvement in two separate cases of aggravated robbery and theft of motor vehicles.
39-year-old Mohammed Imtiaz Khan of Nalovo, Nadi, 30-year-old Manoa Baleinakeba of Tomuka, Lautoka, 22-year-old Peni Nakarawa of Kashmir Lautoka and 31-year-old Eroni Vaqeva of Natokowaqa, Lautoka appeared in the Lautoka Magistrates Court.
The four are charged with a count each of aggravated robbery and two counts of theft.
Nakarawa and Vaqeva have also been charged with escaping from lawful custody.
Police Prosecutor, Shalvin Deo Sharma objected to bail and told the court to consider the seriousness of the crime and there are other cases involving them which are under investigation.
The matter has been transferred to the Lautoka High Court which will be called on the 4th of next month.
Khan, Baleinakeba, Nakarawa and Vaqeva allegedly robbed a 37 year old man of cash and his mobile phone at the junction of Tavakubu Road in Lautoka before fleeing in his car which was later found abandoned in Tavua.
In Tavua, the four allegedly assaulted and stole a vehicle belonging to a 30 year old man of Nadi before driving off in his vehicle heading towards Tavua Town.
The two incidents allegedly occurred late last Thursday night and into the early hours of Friday morning.
The four allegedly stormed into Best West Kava Shop in Navo, Nadi on Friday morning and stole cash, cigarettes and recharge cards before fleeing in another vehicle which was later found abandoned in Momi.
The four were arrested shortly after the alleged aggravated robbery in Nadi by a task force team.Listen to the latest news on our 5 radio stations Legend FM, Viti FM, Radio Sargam, FM96 and Navtarang.