Keetmanshoop boy snatches pensioner’s money

06 Aug 2013 07:50
KEETMANSHOOP, 06 AUG (NAMPA) – A 14-year-old boy from Keetmanshoop in the Karas Region on Tuesday snatched a pensioner’s handbag as she was exiting the post office here after collecting her pension money.
The boy tried to run away with the N.dollars 800 which was in the bag, but his attempt failed as fellow pensioners screamed and youngsters who were queuing at the post office chased after and caught him before he could get away.
The incident took place in front of the post office, right under the noses of police officers gathered at the charge office a few metres away for the handing over of a donation to the Southern African Regional Police Chiefs Corporation Organisation (SARPCCO) Games. Three police officers and members of the media ran to the scene, and the boy was brought to the charge office. He was however not charged as the money was recovered and the owner indicated that she had no intentions of laying a charge of theft.
The minor went free after receiving a verbal warning from the police to not steal again.
A police officer who spoke to Nampa on condition of anonymity at the charge office said the boy is a trouble maker who has been accused of stealing money on several occasions.
“His parents are even tired of his behaviour, they do not even want to hear what he did,” the officer said.