Gang robbers terrorise Windhoek residents

13 May 2014 17:40pm
WINDHOEK, 13 MAY (NAMPA) – A woman was robbed of N.dollars 12 000 cash and other valuables on Saturday morning at her Olympia home in the capital.
The woman, whose age was not specified, had just returned home from withdrawing money from a bank when she was held at knife point by two men who took her handbag, house keys, an Ipad and her mobile phone.
The suspects fled the scene in a blue Volkswagen Golf vehicle with no number plates and tinted rear windows.
City Police Chief Abraham Kanime confirmed the incident to Nampa on Monday, and urged the public to be security conscious when going home and to be vigilant of who may be watching or following them home.
He urged the public to contact their nearest police station if they become suspicious of any vehicles moving in their neighbourhoods or witness or experience any robberies.
According to a source at the City Police, several reports have been received about a similar vehicle having been used in robberies in the capital.
The source, who is not authorised to speak to the media, said criminals target home owners who are vulnerable, live alone or come from work to an empty house where there are no witnesses to see the robberies.
“These gangs tail (follow) their targets home, knowing they are in possession of large sums of money or valuable items,” said the source.
He added that the moment the target is about to open their gates or enter their homes, these criminals grab their items or threaten them to hand over their belongings, and then get away in a vehicle which is usually unmarked and ‘disappear’.