14 Aug 2019 10:50am
OTJIWARONGO, 14 AUG (NAMPA) - A game farmhouse in the Outjo district of the Otjozondjupa Region was burgled of 34 rhino horns, money, a pair of wedding rings and three firearms over the weekend, the Namibian Police Force (NamPol) has confirmed.
NamPols Otjozondjupa Crime Investigations Coordinator, Deputy Commissioner Naukalemo Andreas told Nampa on Wednesday the farm owner Sunday night discovered that his house had been broken into and the rhino horns, large sums of American dollars, Euros, Rands and Namibian dollars, two wedding rings and three firearms were stolen from a safe inside the house.
It is suspected that the burglary occurred between Friday night and Sunday afternoon. The owner only discovered it on Sunday around 19h00, said the police officer, adding that the value of the stolen items is N.dollars 100 million.
The 58-year-old farmer is licensed to keep rhino horns that stem from dehorning.
Andreas said the suspects jumped over the wall f, got into the house and cut open the roof before disarming the alarm.
No recovery of items or arrests have been made so far, she added.
She also warned farmers to refrain from keeping large sums of money or valuable game products worth millions in their possession as they might be targeted by criminals.
NamPol Inspector-General, Lieutenant-General Sebastian Ndeitunga on Tuesday told this news agency at Otjiwarongo, where he attended a meeting with farmers and other community members, that he is aware of the burglary.
I am shocked by this incident, Ndeitunga said.
Police investigations in the matter continue.