Police recover N$1,05 million stolen from Rundu FNB

29 Apr 2014 14:00pm
RUNDU, 29 APR (NAMPA) - The Namibian Police Force (NamPol) on Tuesday recovered N.dollars 1,05 million of N.dollars 1,08 million robbed from the First National Bank (FNB) of Namibia’s Rundu branch on Monday morning.
Four people, including three security guards, have been arrested in connection with the robbery.
NamPol’s Kavango West Commander, Commissioner Olavi Auanga said the money was recovered in the early morning hours of Tuesday at the Gove village, situated 30km east of Rundu.
The money was found wrapped in plastic bags inside an empty maize meal bag, which was buried in a hole behind a house at the said village.
“It took us 14 hours to recover most of the money,” said Auanga, adding that they will find the remaining N.dollars 30 000 soon.
Three security guards, including a manager from the Mpungu security company, were arrested on Tuesday, as well as a prominent businessman at the Gove village.
The Mpungu security company was sub-contracted by G4 Security Company to make cash transits for FNB Namibia in Rundu.
The suspects are set to appear in the Rundu Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday.
Auanga expressed concern that most criminal activities in the region involve security guards, and advised owners of security companies to screen people before employing them as guards.
Two of the suspects earlier told the police they were held at gunpoint inside the elevator of the Galaxy shopping complex which houses the FNB Rundu Branch. When they reached the ground floor of that building they were ordered to get into their security vehicle with the N.dollars 1.08 million and drive to a certain location.
After reaching their destination, the gunman then apparently got into a waiting car and sped off with the money.