18 Jun 2013 05:30
KEETMANSHOOP, 18 JUN (NAMPA) ? Three more suspects have been arrested in connection with counterfeit Namibian and South African banknotes detected here on Friday.
The trio was arrested in Keetmanshoop with N.dollars 1 600 counterfeit notes in N.dollars 200 denominations in their possession.
The Commander of the Namibian Police Force (NamPol) in the Karas Region, Commissioner Armas Shivute on Monday said police acted on a tip-off from community members, and arrested Bernardus Titus Iipinge, 29, Sartie Lungameni Heita, 32, and Malakia Kotokeni, 20.
The first suspect, Gabriel Hohela Elia, 33, was arrested last week in Oranjemund with counterfeit South African Rands 14 000 (equivalent to N.dollars 14 000).
On Friday, the police also confiscated a printing, scanning and copying machine used by the suspects to make and print fake money, as well as a television set, DVD player, mobile phones, bolt-cutter and remote controls.
?These are well-known criminals, and they do not only deal in fake money, but are also involved in housebreaking and theft out of motor-vehicles. We suspect that they sell the stolen properties in Oshikango in the northern part of the country,? Shivute said.
The commander then used the opportunity to thank members of the public for assisting the police in arresting the criminals, and asked society to keep up the good work.
?We must encourage our fellow citizens to work with law-enforcement agencies to apprehend those who plan and commit crimes.
We also want to focus our energies on ensuring that we do not only arrest those who are on the wrong side of the law, but mainly secure convictions,? noted the regional top cop.
Shivute said more arrests should be expected in connection with these counterfeit notes as the police here are busy hunting for more criminals.
?Why do they have to do it here? They perhaps think we are sleeping. We are not sleeping at all,? he warned.
The Crime Investigations? Co-ordinator for Karas, Deputy Commissioner Rudolf Isaak on Monday repeated his warning to residents about counterfeit money, and asked them to report any fake notes or suspicious people whom they encounter.
The three suspects already appeared in the Keetmanshoop Magistrate?s Court on Monday, and were remanded in custody as they might interfere with police investigations.
They are expected to appear in the same court again on 29 July 2013.
Elia will make his second appearance in Oranjemund on Tuesday this week.