NamPol urges assistance in robbery arrest

17 Nov 2015 16:00pm
WINDHOEK, 17 NOV (NAMPA) - The Namibian Police Force (NamPol) are requesting the public to assist in the apprehension of three men who robbed N.dollars 170 000 from the Pionierspark Total Service Centre on Monday morning.
Three men have been identified through closed-circuit camera footage and intelligence on the ground.
The trio allegedly drew firearms of which one was, according to witnesses, an AK47 assault rifle.
The gang fled from the fuel station located on the corner of Hintrager and Tunschel streets in a black Volkswagen Jetta sedan that was found a few minutes later abandoned along Hendrik Witbooi Drive between Pionierspark and the vicinity of the University of Namibia (UNAM). They abandoned the car after a tyre blowout. Blue overalls that might be linked to one of the suspects were also found close to the car in the bushes.
A police helicopter was dispatched within minutes to track down the robbers but they managed to flee into the mountains between the Western Bypass and the Tony Rust Race track west of Windhoek.
Several safety agencies, security guards and members of various Neighbourhood Watch groups assisted NamPol in their search but to no avail, as the three men are still on the run.
The three are all out on bail on various robbery cases.
In a statement issued on Tuesday by NamPol's Public Relations office, the men are described as hard-core criminals and may be armed and dangerous. The public therefore should not try and apprehend them, but instead call the nearest police station.
The police promised that anyone with information regarding their whereabouts should not be afraid of reprisals, as their identity will be protected.