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Robbery suspect arrested

Robbery suspect arrested

Niël Terblanché

Edward Nghiyelekwa Pius, a taxi driver from Walvis Bay and one of the main suspects in an incident of an armed robbery at the Puma Service Station about two weeks ago, was arrested after a relentless search by members of the Namibian Police.


Pius is a member of the gang of armed robbers that robbed the owner of the service station and two of his employees of about N$77 000 in cash on the morning of 14 September.


According to Deputy Commissioner Erastus Iikuyu, the three other members of the robbery gang have been positively identified since Pius was taken into custody.


SUSPECTED ROBBER: Edward Nghiyelekwa Pius, who arrested on Saturday, has identified his accomplices in the armed robbery at the Puma Service Station in Kuisebmond two weeks ago. Photo: File


At the time of the incident, the robbers overpowered the employees of the service station while they were on their way to the bank to deposit the cash.


The gang swooped in while the men were busy getting into a white double-cab bakkie and in the process one of the service station employees was stabbed twice with a sharp object.


The robbery gang used a rented red Volkswagen Polo as a getaway car that was fitted with fake registration plates. The vehicle that was rented from a local car rental company under a false name was found parked in the garage of another suspect’s house in Kuisebmond.


The three remaining robbery suspects are still fugitives from the law and the Namibian Police requested the public to assist in tracing them.


Any person with information about the robbery or any of the three remaining suspects is requested to contact Deputy Commissioner Iikuyu at +264 81 246 4757, Detective Warrant Officer Geiseb at +264 81 262 9842 or the nearest police station at 10111. Such information can also be given in person at any police station.


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