Three men arrested with stolen solar panels Otjiwarongo

20 Aug 2015 14:30pm
OTJIWARONGO, 20 AUG (NAMPA) – Three men were on Wednesday arrested with stolen solar panels at Otjiwarongo in the Otjozondjupa Region.
The Namibian Police Force (NamPol)’s duty officer in the Otjozondjupa Region, Chief Inspector Naukalemo Andreas told Nampa in an interview on Thursday the suspects were arrested with the four solar panels at a house in the Orwetoveni residential area.
The panels, each weighing 19 kilogrammes, produce 1 000 volts and are estimated worth N.dollars 36 000 in total without batteries.
The police officer said the solar panels were stolen on Saturday at an unknown time at Farm Corrigenda situated 100 kilometres north-east of Otjiwarongo.
It is alleged that the suspects entered the farm illegally, went straight to a farm borehole and stole the four solar panels.
The men then allegedly loaded the photovoltaic plates on to a vehicle and transported them to Otjiwarongo the same day.
Andreas said on Monday morning, the police received information from their informers about the location of the stolen items at a house in Orwetoveni.
On Wednesday afternoon, the police successfully apprehended the three suspects aged 41, 33, and 25.
“We also recovered the four solar panel plates, as well as fresh warthog and Oryx meat that was hidden at one of the suspects’ house,” said Andreas.
The suspects are expected to appear in the Otjiwarongo Magistrate’s Court on Friday on a charge of theft and possession of stolen goods.
Police investigations in the matter continue.