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Armed robbery gangs causing terror

Armed robbery gangs causing terror

Niël Terblanché

THE Namibian Police in Windhoek is requesting the public to assist in tracing a gang of cash-in-transit robbers who stole a yet unknown amount of cash at the Black Chain Shopping Centre earlier on Sunday.

 

According to Commissioner Kauna Shikwambi, the head of Public Relations Division, the incident occurred at about 11:49 when seven men armed with pistols overpowered security guards that went to collect cash from the shopping centre at the corner of Independence Avenue and Clemence Kapuo Street.

 

“The suspects, armed with pistols, held two Southern Cross Security Services guards, the driver and his crewman at gunpoint while they were busy loading boxes of money into cash-in-transit vehicle that they have collected from the Pick ‘n Pay shop,” she said.

 

Deputy Commissioner Shikwambi said the robbers managed to steal all the money boxes from the armoured vehicle.

 

She indicated that the money was collected from various businesses in the shopping centre and from various other points in Windhoek.

 

CASH ROBBERY: Eight armed robbers can be seen stealing money boxes from security guards that collected cash from the Pick n Pay shop at the Black Chain Shopping Centre in Katutura earlier on Sunday. – Footage: Courtesy of the Namibian Police.

 

“The suspects loaded their loot into a silver Volkswagen Polo hatchback and drove away. The driver of a silver Toyota Hilux single cab bakkie with a fake number plate N125-050W was spotted aiding the suspects in the Polo to flee the scene,” she said.

 

According to Deputy Commissioner Shikwambi, the amount of cash stolen during the brazen robbery in broad daylight is still to be determined.

 

She added that none of the suspects or the stolen cash has been recovered yet.

 

At the start of the weekend, six men armed with pangas and pistols held the residents of a house in Colombia Street in the Dorado Park residential area of Windhoek at gunpoint and robbed them of their valuable possessions.

 

According to the incident report, the suspects gained entrance to the house by cutting electrical wires on the boundary wall.

 

The robbers stole three mobile phones, a box containing a wig and wallets and N$280 in cash.

 

The value of the stolen items is estimated to be N$16 280.

 

In another incident on Saturday evening, a gang of six men managed to gain entry to a house in Rautenbach Estate in Ludwigsdorf by lifting the electrical wires on the boundary wall and by breaking open one of the doors to the house.

 

“The suspects, armed with knives and a panga, went into the bedroom, tied up the complainant and her boyfriend with rope and electrical cable. They then stole two television sets, two laptop computers, two iPhones, N$1 000 in cash, five handbags, and four pairs of shoes,” said Shikwambi.

 

The robbers then loaded the stolen goods into the complainant’s white Toyota double cab bakkie with registration plate N150135W and fled the scene.

 

According to the incident report, the vehicle was later recovered after the robbers abandoned it on the outskirts of the Havana informal settlement along Monte Christo Road.

 

In a similar incident on Friday afternoon, four men broke into a house in Kingfisher road in Hochland Park.

 

The homeowner was held at gunpoint while the robbers stole his wallet containing N$2 700 in cash and mobile phones.

 

The value of the stolen goods is estimated at N$25 700.

 

A farmer from Tsumeb and his wife were also attacked by three armed men and robbed of their valuable possessions on Friday afternoon.

 

According to the incident report provided by the Namibian Police, the incident occurred at about 17:35 on the Farm Uitspan 20 kilometres from Tsumeb on the Tsintsabis road.

 

“It is alleged that three men armed with pistols entered the farm, held the owner and wife at gunpoint and tied them up with electrical cable while demanding money,” the report states.

 

According to the report, the robbers managed to steal N$10 000 in cash, a variety of jewellery, a hunting rifle, and a silver Toyota D4D bakkie with registration number N4904 OT.

 

The vehicle was found on Saturday morning at around 04:000 where the robbers abandoned it near the Otjikoto Secondary School in Tsumeb.

 

The hunting rifle that was hidden in the loading box of the vehicle was recovered.

 

In yet another incident, a man was wounded on his arm when robbers shot him after he attempted to retrieve the possessions stolen from him.

 

According to the incident report, the robbery occurred in the bushes behind the Ramatex premises in Otjomuise late on Saturday afternoon.

 

“It is alleged that two suspects held the victim at gunpoint before robbing him of his mobile phone and N$200 in cash. When he tried to resist and one of the robbers shot him in the arm,” the report reads.

 

The 31-year-old victim was admitted to the Katutura State Hospital in a stable condition.

 

The Namibian Police has requested members of the public who can provide information on any of the suspects in the robberies to call the nearest police station at 10 111.

 

Such information could also be given in person to an officer on duty at any police station.

CASH ROBBERY: Eight armed robbers can be seen stealing money boxes from security guards that collected cash from the Pick n Pay shop at the Black Chain Shopping Centre in Katutura earlier on Sunday. – Footage: Courtesy of the Namibian Police.

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