24 Jul 2014 16:00pm
WINDHOEK, 24 JUL (NAMPA) Two of three suspects who had terrorised residents of the Kleine Kuppe, Hochland Park and Pionierspark residential areas in Windhoek over the past two weeks, were arrested by the City Police on Tuesday.
The third suspect managed to get away, but it is expected that he will be arrested soon as he is known to the police.
City Police Senior Superintendent Gerry Shikesho told Nampa on Thursday that the trio drove around in a white sedan vehicle in the three residential areas, targeting their victims as they entered their homes.
The gang used a similar method as the 'Blue Corolla gang' which was arrested after a shoot-out with the City Police early in March this year.
Shikesho said one of the suspects in the latest incidents is well-known to the police, and was released just two months ago on bail of N.dollars 5 000 for house-breaking.
He spent 18 months in police custody before being released on bail.
The officer stated that students of tertiary institutions such as the Polytechnic of Namibia and the University of Namibia also fell victim to the gang.
Shikesho said this type of crime is called 'opportunity crime', and he this called on students to be vigilant when walking in dark or unattended areas with valuables in their possession.
Criminals usually opt to go for laptops and cell phones in such cases.
It is not about the value of the item. We are concerned about your life, he stressed.
The suspects also made use of a plastic bag filled with sand, which was rolled up and then used to break the windows of vehicles.
Commonly known by criminals as 'Oboma' (bomb), this method makes it difficult for people nearby to hear a window being broken as the sand in the bag muffles the sound of the shattering glass.
Shikesho said another problem the City Police are concerned about is the security-consciousness of residents, as many are quite inattentive when it comes to securing their property.
He once again called on residents to report any suspicious movements to the City Police via text message at 4444; or by calling (061) 302 302.