LIGHTNING quick response from members of the Tsumeb Community and the Namibian Police saw the arrest of five men implicated in an armed robbery on Tuesday afternoon as they tried to get away with cash they stole from a farm on the outskirts of the mining town.
It’s alleged that five men armed with pistols, entered the Namfo farm in a white Toyota Corolla (N17296ND). They held an employee at gunpoint, stole a cellphone as well as a cash box containing N$75 109, before fleeing the from the scene.
Prompt action involving several actors ensured that the fleeing suspects were apprehended within hours while driving on the road between Tsumeb and Tsintsabis.
According to the Oshikoto Regional Police Commander, Commissioner Armas Shivute, the cash box and its content, the mobile phone, and a pistol were found in the suspects’ vehicle. The serial number on the pistol was filed off.
Commissioner Shivute said the suspects are aged 27, 33, 35, 37, and 38 and are all expected to make their first appearance on, amongst others, a charge of armed robbery in the Tsumeb Magistrate’s Court.
The regional commander thanked all those who offered timely assistance to the police, including a security services company and the neighbourhood watch.
He said that of late there has been a palpable increase in cases of armed robberies where criminals get away with large sums of money.
On Monday, a NamPost employee was targeted moments after withdrawing N$600 000 from a commercial bank branch at Ondangwa.
The money was part of cash meant for NamPost outlets in and around Ondangwa town.
The robbers in Ondangwa also used a white Toyota Corolla as a getaway car but the vehicle had a different registration number (N4015G).