13 Jan 2015 17:10pm
WINDHOEK, 13 JAN (NAMPA) The City Police napped three of four suspects who broke into a house in the Windhoek North residential area on Sunday afternoon.
The gang members, who are known to the City Police, were scouting the area when the City Police unsuspectingly ran into them. They fled the scene once they became aware of the City Police's presence.
The City Police lost sight of the gang, but three of them were arrested later that same day after they burgled a house in the area.
City Polices Senior Superintendent Gerry Shikesho told Nampa on Tuesday that the City Police made use of its intelligence system to trace and track the goods and suspects.
The items stolen are a flat-screen television (TV), laptop and external hard drive valued at around N.dollars 15 000. The laptop and TV were sold for a mere N.dollars 350 and N.dollars 400, respectively.
Shikesho warned the public to be on the look-out for opportunistic criminals as they often pretend to look for a place or room to rent, but at the same time scout the place to possibly rob at a later stage.
I warn the public not to buy any stolen items as they might end up on the wrong side of the law themselves, he said.
The owner of the items, Adriano de Klerk praised the City Police for its swift reaction.
I felt relieved when the City Police called me saying the goods were recovered, he told this reporter.
The fourth suspect is still at large, but Shikesho said he is known to them, and is expect to be apprehended soon.
The three suspects will most likely appear before a court by Wednesday this week.
Meanwhile, Shikesho warned the public to also be vigilant as criminals will do anything this time of the year to swindle unsuspecting victims out of their hard-earned cash.
One such scheme is criminals pretending to rent out rooms or flats, especially to needy students.
They offer places for rent, and even hand over keys of such room, house or flat once the unsuspecting victim pays over the rent deposit, but when the new tenant arrives at the new place, they learn that the address either does not exist or the place belongs to someone else.