AN illegal taxi was one of the items confiscated in a raid by the joint task force comprising of soldiers of the Namibian Defence Force and members of the Windhoek City Police during an Operation Kalahari Desert patrol in Windhoek’s Rocky Crest residential area.
During the patrol on Tuesday evening five suspected robbers that were armed with pangas and with balaclavas on their heads were apprehended. Their suspicious movement in the streets of the suburb piqued the interest of the Kalahari Desert patrol they were taken in for questioning and the possibility of formulation of charges.
The suspects where driving a ‘Dankie Botswana’ Toyota Corolla with a false taxi registration number, aimed at deceiving both residents and law enforcement officers.
It is suspected that the men were about to break into a house as they were found with the tools like bolt cutters, pangas and balaclavas to perpetrate a burglary.
After their arrest a number of Rocky Crest residents made their way to the scene, to identify the suspects as their households were previously broken into. Two victims positively identified some of the suspects.
“Some time ago, my house was broken into by this one guy. I remember him very well. He and his other friends broke into our home when we were watching TV and they attacked us with pangas. They even went into our children’s rooms and stole all our phones and even took our television set.
These guys even managed to take a firearm that belongs to me,” on of the residents said.
City Police Spokesperson Fabian Amukwelele said that a screening will be done to determine whether the suspects have cases pending against them.
“Rocky crest is one of the areas with the highest number of housebreaking incidences and we have gotten so many cases where robbers threaten the victims with machetes. The taxi registration number that was used does not show up anywhere on our database,” Amukwelele said.