House robbers caught in the act

10 Dec 2013 19:00pm
WINDHOEK, 10 DEC (NAMPA) - Two men were nabbed by the City Police while in the process of robbing a house in the Soweto residential area on Tuesday.
The two suspects - a Namibian and an Angolan - were arrested following a tip-off from members of the public that there was suspicious removing of items from that house.
When the police got to the house, the two men, suspected to be in their late 30s, were busy loading the items onto a white Bantam pick-up with a Windhoek registration, which they intended to use as the getaway vehicle.
The items included a washing machine, DVD player, stove, mugs, electronic plug, ladder, blanket, backpack with electronic equipment inside, screw drivers and a wire cutter.
According to Senior Superintendent of the City Police Gerry Shikesho, the suspects told the police officers at the scene that they were renting at that house, and that they were removing their possessions because the landlord ordered them to move out.
The officers then contacted the owner of the house to verify the information, but she denied such claims.
Police arrested the men immediately.
Shikeso said that the suspects had a firearm, “which they were prepared to use if they had found anyone in the house who resisted their intrusion.”
He then warned members of the public not to leave their properties unattended.
“We urge the public to work with the police. If you are going on holiday, you should leave a person who is trustworthy to tend the house,” he said.
Shikesho added that members of the public should also not leave their properties lying around unattended in their motor vehicles, because this creates an opportunity for perpetrators to break in and steal the items.
The suspects were taken to the Wanaheda Police station, and are expected to appear in the Katutura Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday.