Suspects steal N.dollars 300 000 at Oshakati

03 Dec 2013 13:20pm
OSHAKATI, 03 DEC (NAMPA) – Police at Oshakati in the Oshana Region have arrested one of four men connected to the alleged theft of about N.dollars 300 000 from a business vehicle which was parked at Oshakati West on Monday.
The arrested suspect was found in possession of N.dollars 48 000 in cash and a pistol when police officers apprehended him.
Commander of the Namibian Police Force (NamPol) for the Oshana Region, Commissioner Ndahangwapo Kashihakumwa told reporters on Monday afternoon that the four armed men broke into a vehicle of a yet unidentified person. The car was parked near a house in the Uupindi informal settlement.
Kashihakumwa said the thieves got away with a plastic bag which contained N.dollars 300 000. It is believed that this happened shortly after the owner of the car withdrew the said cash from a local bank for unknown purposes.
“They are hardcore criminals, and they are well known to the police,” Kashihakumwa noted. He added that the same suspects are also connected to two separate armed robberies which took place at Oshakati and Ongwediva a week ago.
Kashihakumwa explained that two of the victims of the armed robbery at Oshakati and Ongwediva were shot at and sustained serious injuries, and are now admitted to the Oshakati Intermediate Hospital and Ongwediva MediPark Private Hospital, respectively.
For security reasons, Kashihakumwa appealed to business personalities and individuals to refrain from carrying around huge amounts of money, not even in cars.
The rest of the stolen money is with the suspects who remain at large as of Monday evening, but Kashihakumwa said it is just a matter of time before the police catch them.