Hasty police response saves tourists' property

17 Sep 2017 16:00pm
SWAKOPMUND, 17 SEP (NAMPA) - Timely response by the police from the Yianni Savva Station at Langstrand on Friday saved the property of tourists from being stolen.
Namibian Police Force Crime Investigations Coordinator for Erongo Region, Deputy Commissioner Erastus Iikuyu told Nampa on Sunday three men were caught red-handed by a police patrolling team while they were stealing from tourists’ vehicle.
The suspects are aged between 29 and 33.
He said the incident took place at around 14h30, when two German tourists parked their car along the road in the Langstrand area and walked to the dunes.
While on top of the dunes, the suspects pulled up in a taxi and allegedly smashed the car’s right rear window, took two small bags and stabbed one tyre.
The bags contained valuables worth N.dollars 1 500, which were recovered by the police officers.
The taxi was impounded and they are expected to appear in the Walvis Bay Magistrate’s Court on Monday.
The Yianni Savva Police Station at Afrodite Beach was opened last year to serve and protect tourists and the community, particularly during the holiday seasons when they flock to the Namibian coast for Easter, Christmas or New Year’s Eve celebrations.
Iikuyu used the opportunity to remind criminals, mostly taxi drivers, who rob tourists and revelers that it is no more business as usual in this area.
“The whole Langstrand area and Dune 7 is under surveillance by the police tourist protection sub-division and the Yianni Savva police members. So do not try robbing anyone, you will get caught immediately,” Iikuyu warned.
The Erongo police also reported a successful drug bust of mandrax, cannabis and crack cocaine worth more than N.dollars 20 000 between Friday and Sunday.
Five male suspects of which four are from Usakos and one from Swakopmund were arrested in connection with the drugs found in their possession.