Suspected armed robbers arrested with stolen goods

11 Jul 2014 16:10pm
OTJIWARONGO, 11 JUL (NAMPA) – Three suspected armed robbers were arrested with stolen money and valuable goods in their possession at the police roadblock between Windhoek and Okahandja on Thursday night.
The Namibian Police Force (NamPol)’s Otjozondjupa Regional Public Relations’ Officer, Sergeant Maureen Mbeha told Nampa on Friday that the money and goods were allegedly stolen from the Hong Kong Chinese Shop in Grootfontein on Thursday afternoon at around 17h15.
The three were found with a bag containing N.dollars 65 265, 40 cellphones, a laptop, bulk amounts of Mobile Telecommunications Limited (MTC) recharge vouchers and starter packs, as well as a kitchen knife, which were all reportedly stolen from that shop.
Mbeha explained that two Chinese nationals, a husband and wife, were held at gunpoint with a 9mm pistol inside their shop, which is situated along Andimba Toivo ya Toivo Street in Grootfontein’s central business district (CBD).
It is alleged that the 27-year-old woman was first hit with the pistol on her forehead by one of the three armed robbers inside the shop, who forced her to co-operate with them.
The couple was then tied up, and the armed robbers fled with the stolen goods and a huge sum of money.
“We were informed about the robbery, and our informers all over Grootfontein were alerted,” Mbeha said.
The police also started to monitor all vehicles in order to spot any suspicious movements.
Shortly after sunset, the alleged armed robbers were spotted while being dropped off at a petrol station in Otavi, where they boarded a public transport bus heading to Windhoek.
The police operating at the Okahandja-Windhoek roadblock were informed of their presence on the bus, which arrived at the roadblock at 20h40.
“The bus was pulled off the road, and the police searched it,” she continued.
It was then that the police found a bag containing the stolen items and cash, which had been reported as stolen from the Hong Kong Chinese Shop.
The three alleged armed robbers are aged 25, 31, and 35, and were promptly arrested on the spot.
Mbeha said the 25-year-old suspect was also involved in an armed robbery at Grootfontein last year.
The three are being held at the Katutura police station’s holding cells in Windhoek for now.
Mbeha indicated that they would be transported to Grootfontein over the weekend, and are expected to appear in court there on Monday.
Police investigations into the matter continue.