Karas police warn residents of counterfeit notes

14 Jun 2013 07:40
ORANJEMUND, 14 JUN (NAMPA) - The police in the Karas Region have warned that people should be on the lookout for counterfeit South African Rand banknotes which are said to be in circulation in the region.
Police say people should carefully examine the money they receive and when detected, counterfeit money should be reported to the police so that it can be investigated and the culprits apprehended.
The Namibian Police Force (NamPol)?s Regional Crime Investigations? Coordinator, Deputy Commissioner Rudolf Isaak issued the warning to Nampa on Friday.
The warning comes after South African Rand 14 000 in counterfeit banknotes were confiscated by the police in Oranjemund in the Karas Region on Wednesday.
The fake banknotes in Rand 100 denomination were confiscated from a 33-year-old man. It was found hidden behind a basin in the suspect?s room at the mining town.
?People should be careful and help us fight such crimes and arrest the criminals. We suspect that the money is circulating in the region and can be detected at any place,? Isaak said.
Police said another Rand 800 in fake Rand 100 banknotes were identified at the First National Bank (FNB) branch in Oranjemund last month, but nobody was arrested in connection with the find.
The 33-year-old suspect was put under surveillance by the police, and was then arrested on Wednesday when the police found the counterfeit notes in his possession.
The suspect was expected to appear in the Oranjemund District Court on Friday.