Bogus police officers allegedly rob livestock farmer

31 Mar 2014 10:50am
OTJIWARONGO, 31 MAR (NAMPA) - A 62-year-old livestock farmer was allegedly robbed of cash, revolvers and two cellphones by armed men who pretended to be police officers at his farm near Otavi last Thursday.
According to the Namibian Police Force (NamPol)’s Otjozondjupa Regional Crimes’ Co-ordinator, Deputy Commissioner Moses Khairabeb, the three suspects arrived at Farm Eersteling in a white sedan with fake Government number plates.
He told Nampa on Monday that the alleged armed robbery occurred at around 19h30 at this farm, situated some 67 kilometres south of Otavi.
“The men introduced themselves to the farm owner as firearm police inspectors, who came to his farm to search for firearms,” Khairabeb explained.
The victim, who was at the farm with a friend, led the three intruders to a safe where he kept his firearms inside the house.
Once inside the house, one of the suspects pulled out a pistol, pointed it at the farmer and demanded money.
Khairabeb said the farm owner, who had asked not to be named, also handed over his wallet containing N.dollars 2 200.
Besides the revolver, cellphones and cash, the three men also got away with the keys of a Toyota Land Cruiser. The farm owner and his friend were then left locked up in a toilet at the farmhouse.
No arrests have been made so far, and police investigations continue.
Khairabeb said farm owners and members of the general public should be aware that members of the police force do not do inspections for firearms.
“Inform us of these intruders at your farms. We do not do firearm inspections at farms,” he stressed.