Police nab one suspect over gunshop robbery

17 Dec 2015 14:30pm
WINDHOEK, 17 DEC (NAMPA) – One suspect has been arrested in connection with a robbery at a gunshop in Windhoek’s Prosperita Industrial area in November this year.
Namibian Police Force (NamPol) spokesperson, Chief Inspector Kauna Shikwambi confirmed this to Nampa upon enquiry Thursday morning, saying a male person was apprehended recently in connection with the incident. It is suspected that more than five people were involved in the robbery.
She could, however, not disclose much information about the identity of the suspect or the date of the arrest, only saying members of NamPol's Serious Crime Investigations Unit were still hard at work following leads in order to track down the rest of the culprits and bring them to book.
Earlier reports by the English daily 'Namibian Sun' newspaper had it that the group of thieves made off with N.dollars 800 000 in cash and weapons from Ahrens Guns and Ammunition along Gold Street in the Prosperita industrial area at the beginning of November this year.
They stole a Sig Sauer SP22 pistol equipped with a silencer; another Sig Sauer pistol without a silencer; a specialised Glock 45ACP pistol, also fitted with a silencer; a .44 Magnum Ruger revolver fitted with a scope; an Astra .357 revolver; a Franchi 12-guage eight-shell shotgun and a Gamo tactical air pistol.
They also made off with a Roni conversion kit that can turn the Glock 45ACP into a semi-automatic assault rifle.
The thieves further stole two knives, an Apple laptop and one Level 4A bulletproof vest, the highest standard of ballistic vests made.
Gunshop owner Sven Ahrens was quoted as saying the larger of the men walked straight to the safe and started to break it open for the cash.
Ahrens said the thieves knew exactly where on the roof of the building to enter, first disabling the alarm’s battery back-up and then the alarm electrical signal.
After entering the building they went to the wireless box that sends a digital feed of the closed-circuit television cameras to Ahrens’s mobile phone and then disabled all other alarm systems.
The men wore balaclavas and gloves, and it took them around three-and-a-half hours to complete the robbery.