Man arrested for furniture theft

10 May 2019 08:40am
WINDHOEK, 10 MAY (NAMPA) – A 27-year-old man was arrested here on Thursday after being found in possession of numerous household furniture he allegedly stole from the house of a previous employer in the Eros residential area.
According to Administration Commander of Operations at the Windhoek Police Station, Reginah Namugongo, during a routine patrol on the Western Bypass, law enforcement caught the suspect and two other people, who were driving in a pick-up truck with the furniture.
Namugongo said the alleged stolen items included a double-bed, a display cabinet, television cabinet, over five bar stools, a glass coffee table, duvet cover, a pot, cutlery and crockery.
“When we stopped the vehicle the suspect ran away, but we caught the man who was with him and he located us to where the suspect was so we went to his house in Okahandja Park, where we found other furniture that was stolen and hidden in his house,” she said.
Namugongo said the furniture that was confiscated from his home included a leather couch, a deep freezer, a single bed, refrigerator, a stool and a fan.
She said the suspect had asked a friend to help him move and transport the furniture from his previous employer’s home under the pretext that his employer would be moving out of the country and had asked him to sell his items.
“The owner of the house was not in town but we found someone there who confirmed that the furniture belongs to the owner of the home,” Namugongo said.
She added that the other two people in the vehicle were not aware that the items they had loaded onto the truck and transported were stolen upon being stopped by police.
Namugongo said she suspected that the suspect had been breaking in and stealing from the Eros residence for at least a month as investigations showed that he sold two fridges, a bed and other furniture suspected to belong to a Namibian woman in April 2019.
Police investigations in the matter continue.