Thieves steal money from stall at Olufuko

26 Aug 2014 12:00pm
OUTAPI, 26 AUG (NAMPA) - More than N.dollars 7 000 was stolen from the exhibitors’ stalls at the Olufuko Annual Festival (OAF) over the weekend.
Namibia Police’s Constable Leonard Amakali told Nampa on Monday that three cases of theft were reported to members of the Namibian Police Force (NamPol). The suspect/s seemingly gained access to the stalls by cutting the green-and-white nets dividing the stalls.
Amakali said these cases occurred on several different nights while the owners of the small businesses were sleeping. One stall was cut open in broad daylight while the owner went out shopping.
“These cases were reported to us here at the Olufuko festival, but I advised the complainants to approach the Outapi Police Station formally,” he said.
He said there are only two police officers operating at the Olufuko premises, complementing the security guards from the contracted company ‘Namibia Protection Services’.
Amakali said the police have also received reports from the security guards that the suspects appeared to have gained access to the premises by cutting parts of the fence at the Olufuko festival.
No arrests have as yet been made in any of the theft cases, and police investigations continue.
Amakali further noted that other minor cases that were reported included excessive use of alcohol which caused arguments and fighting.
Nobody was seriously harmed in any of the fighting, he said.
Over 300 exhibitors participated in the Olufuko festival.
The festival took place from 20 to 25 August 2014.