Foreign nationals arrested for Westlane robbery

14 Nov 2017 17:40pm
WINDHOEK, 14 NOV (NAMPA) – A group of six suspects, foreign nationals, were arrested in connection with an armed robbery of a Group Four Security (G4S) guard at Westlane Lifestyle Centre on Monday morning.
The suspects, five men and a woman were arrested the same day at around 21h00.
Speaking to Nampa on Tuesday, Namibian Police Force (NamPol) spokesperson, Kauna Shikwambi said four of the suspects were intercepted and arrested while in transit to Rehoboth and two were arrested in Windhoek.
Shikwambi said the suspects, four South African nationals and two Zimbabwean nationals, allegedly robbed the G4S security guard of over N.dollars 487 320 in cash which was collected from the Spar supermarket for banking.
Video footage from the Westlane shopping complex’s cameras circulating on social media shows the G4S security guard leaving the store and opening the security van when one of the suspects attacked him, pushing him to the ground and threatening him with a firearm.
One of the suspects allegedly fired one shot through the windows of the security vehicle, however the bullet did not penetrate to reach the driver.
“The driver of the security vehicle gave chase, but lost sight of the suspects as they managed to run away,” said Shikwambi.
She further added that an amount of N.dollars 336 000 had been recovered.
Suspects were also found in possession of US.dollars 6 500 in cash (about N.dollars 93 461).
The getaway vehicles used during the robbery, a Toyota Etios, an Audi and a Lexus, have been impounded.
The suspects are expected to appear in the Windhoek Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday.