FOUR suspected burglars, some of who have pending criminal charges, were arrested in the wee hours of Friday morning by undercover city police officers.
The suspects were seen around the areas of Windhoek West and the central business district while operating an authentic taxi.
According to City Police spokesperson Fabian Amukwelele the suspects were arrested at a local service station and preliminary investigations found that the men had at least one fire arm, a balaclava and other housebreaking equipment such as bolt cutters in their possession.
“The taxi appeared suspicious and our officers pursued and intercepted them. The vehicle was searched and various suspicious items were found.
We also found a firearm and a balaclava, which raised even more suspicion. It emerged that the men are well known burglars. One of them was wanted for a housebreaking case in Academia and the other one is a fugitive from justice because he has a pending case,” Amukwelele stated.
The suspects are set to appear in court on Monday, on charges of possession of an unlicensed firearm as well as defeating the course of justice for the suspect who was already a fugitive.
An investigation is currently underway to determine whether or not the taxi that was used during the commission of the crime belongs to the suspects.
“We are concerned. The legal system is failing us by continuously granting bail to habitual offenders. We are also appealing to public members to report public transport used in criminal activities and we want to warn printing shops that are issuing fake plate numbers, fake registration certificates and taxi numbers or forging transportation permits that we will deal with them,” Amukwelele said.