Two suspects arrested in Katima for theft of foreign currency

06 Dec 2014 12:30pm
KATIMA MULILO, 06 DEC (NAMPA) - A 30-year-old man was arrested here on Saturday after being found with stolen foreign and local currency belonging to a German tourist.
The suspect was arrested at a roadblock set up between the Mpacha Airport and the Liselo settlement, situated on the outskirts of Katima Mulilo.
Zambezi Regional Commander, Boniface Mukendwa told Nampa on Saturday that the suspect, whose identity is withheld until he appears before the Katima Mulilo Magistrate’s Court on Monday, was found in possession of Euros 2 700, US dollars 500, South African Rand 1 400 and N.dollars 23 000.
Mukendwa said the money was stolen out of a vehicle belonging to an unidentified German national visiting the Nambwa Lodge in the Kongola area.
The theft took place shortly after 04h00 on Thursday. It is not yet known if the money recovered is the total of what was stolen from the vehicle.
Mukendwa added that a man suspected to have been part of the car break-in, who is now the first suspect, was nabbed with Euros 200 on Friday, while the second suspect was arrested on Saturday.
These two suspects will now be charged with theft out of a motor vehicle.
“We suspect the two were working together. The first suspect was arrested in town on Friday and another today (Saturday). They will both be charged as accomplices on the same docket and appear before the court on the same day.
The money we have recovered so far is counted, and will be kept in a safe place until investigations have been completed,” Mukendwa said.
Nampa also established that the suspect arrested on Saturday hails from the Muchiku village in the Divundu district, and is out on bail of N.dollars 1 000 he was granted on a housebreaking charge in October this year.
Mukendwa used the platform to reiterate that the Namibian Police Force will continue to eliminate any criminal activities during the festive season period.
“Our police operations in and around the region will continue unhindered as we want to eliminate all types of criminal activities as we approach the festive season. So definitely, we will be hard at work,” Mukendwa said.