WITHDRAWING and or carrying large amounts of money is something the Namibian Police continuously advises people to avoid, but people continue doing it anyway and eventually find themselves being victimized by robbers who lurks around every corner.
In the latest incident, two female residents of Ongwediva were robbed of about N$21 000 in cash moments after withdrawing the money from a commercial bank at Oshana Mall.
The incident occurred on Saturday afternoon.
According to the crime report provided by the Namibian Police, the complainant who is a 52-year-old resident of Better Housing, Ongwediva, was accompanied by a female friend to Oshana Mall where she withdrew N$20 000 from her bank account.
The friend was the driver of the vehicle they travelled in.
However, as they arrived at the gate of their home, they were confronted by four knife-wielding men.
Two of the attackers threatened the victims with knives and grabbed their handbags and cellphones while the other two slashed the vehicle’s tyres.
The criminals fled the scene in a getaway car, a white Volkswagen Golf with Ondangwa registration number which the victims did not manage to record fully.
Besides the N$20 000, the robbers also got away with N$900 in cash and two cellphones for a grand total of N$24 540.
After taking the money and other valuable items, the thieves dumped the two handbags on the Okatana-Omatando gravel road.
The stolen bags were recovered later on.
No one was arrested yet. The police investigation continues.
Of late, there has been an increasing incidence of people being robbed immediately after withdrawing money from commercial banks in the north.
The police have persistently advised people to take all necessary precautionary measures when planning to withdraw and carry huge amounts of money. This can include asking the police to provide the necessary protection.