Four arrested in armed robbery at Nubuamis shop

24 Dec 2013 16:30pm
WINDHOEK, 24 DEC (NAMPA) - Four suspects were arrested after exchanging fire with the Police during a foiled armed robbery on Tuesday at the Mamma Fresh grocery shop in the Nubuamis residential area in Katutura.
The four armed men entered the shop and pointed their firearms at the workers inside, demanding money for the cash registers and other valuables.
The shop had no customers at the time, and the suspects decided to lock two of the employees in a walk-in fridge.
According to police officers at the scene of crime, the suspect grabbed a laptop, an undisclosed amount of money from the cash registers and airtime recharge vouchers.
Police were tipped-off by the residents and they quickly arrived at the shop, ordering the men to surrender.
The suspects opened fire and the police responded with shooting of their own and this exchange of fire is said to have gone on for about two minutes.
In the shooting, two of the criminals were seriously injured and the other two decided to give themselves up.
“We intercepted the suspects through our intelligence-led operations and short circuit television (CCTV). We were able to follow their movements leading to this specific event,” City Police Senior Superintendent Gerry Shikesho told Nampa.
He said the police have not yet established whether the firearms used are illegal or licensed.
“When it comes to armed robberies, we will respond immediately,” Shikesho said.
The suspects have been charged with armed robbery and refusal to obey police directives, and they will appear in the Katutura Magistrate’s Court on Friday.