Police name suspect in gun shop robbery

17 Dec 2015 16:40pm


WINDHOEK, 17 DEC (NAMPA) - The Namibian Police Force (NamPol) have released the identity of the suspect arrested in connection with a robbery that took place at a gun shop in Windhoek's Prosperita industrial area last month. The suspect arrested so far in connection with the incident is Thimoteus Kadhila, a resident of Okahandja Park informal settlement. The 35-year-old Kadhila was apprehended by the police on 23 November this year, and made his first appearance in the Windhoek Magistrate's Court on 24 November. Kadhila was not given an option to post bail and was remanded in police custody, pending further police investigations into the matter. Spokesperson of NamPol, Chief Inspector Kauna Shikwambi confirmed this to Nampa upon enquiry on Thursday afternoon, saying that Kadhila was apprehended while at his 'West Life' shebeen in Okahandja Park informal settlement. Earlier reports by the English daily 'Namibian Sun' newspaper had it that the group of thieves allegedly 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. Apparently in their possession after the robbery was 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 allegedly 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, a Macbook 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. He said after entering the building, they went to the wireless box that sends a digital feed of the closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras to Ahrens' 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. Police investigations into the matter continue. (NAMPA) SKE/LI/AS