A MAN, whose identity and nationality is undisclosed, was arrested in Windhoek this afternoon after it emerged that criminals recruit him to unlock stolen phones and create new passcodes.
According to City Police Senior Superintendent, Gerry Shikesho, the suspect was found in possession of eight mobile phones to the value of approximately N$80 000. The phones include brands such as Apple, Nokia, Samsung and Huawei.
The 35-year-old suspect has since been charged with possession of stolen items and is due to appear in court on Friday morning.
He was also found with four laptops.
“We cannot at the moment disclose the suspect’s nationality as it will create further xenophobia. We have, however, been monitoring him since last week when he returned to Namibia. Our suspicion is that the man worked together with armed robbers and burglars who provide him with phones to unlock at a fee. He basically runs a business of stolen gadgets. These are the guys who encourage housebreakings and robberies,” Shikesho maintained.