Chinese contractors robbed of N.dollars 360 000 cash

30 Aug 2017 18:30pm
OTJIWARONGO, 30 AUG (NAMPA) - A Chinese construction company contracted to build the Cheetah Cement Factory at Otjiwarongo was on Wednesday morning robbed of more than N.dollars 360 000 cash at the construction site.
The site is approximately six-kilometres north of Otjiwarongo.
A Chinese translator at the site who identified himself as S. Frank told Nampa upon enquiry Wednesday the cash was kept in a safe inside the sleeping room of the company’s accountant.
Frank said the 36-year-old accountant was asleep in his room alone, when four armed men entered with a pistol, iron bar, knife and bolt cutter.
He said they first cut through the wire fence and broke the burglar door of the room at about 03h00 and held the accountant at gunpoint for the safe’s keys.
Not having the keys, Frank said the accountant’s hands were then tied up with a belt before he was wrapped in a blanket.
The four robbers then fled the scene with the whole safe and other items including a cell phone and laptop valued at more than N.dollars 30 000.
“All stolen cash and items are worth more than N.dollars 400 000,” Frank said noting the accountant was not attacked or harmed in the robbery.
Spokesperson of the Namibian Police Force (NamPol) in the Otjozondjupa Region, Warrant Officer Maureen Mbeha on Wednesday confirmed receiving a report on the armed robbery at a construction site outside Otjiwarongo.
Mbeha called on the public not to keep large amounts of cash on themselves or on their property as it attracts robbers.
“Keeping such a large amount of money is extremely dangerous. The Chinese must learn and stop this practice.
“Bank your cash at any commercial bank which is safe,” she said.
Police investigations into the matter continue.
(NAMPA)
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