THE parish of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Namibia (ELCIN) at Odimbwa in the Omusati Region was recently broken into by thieves who stole a sound system valued at slightly more than N$8 000, making it the second place of worship in the northern regions to be targeted by criminals within weeks.
The other incident occurred recently when unknown suspects stole the expensive church bell of the ELCIN parish at Oshakati.
According to the police, the Odimbwa incident occurred during the early morning hours of the 12th of August when five men used a bolt cutter to cut the padlock to gain access to the holy place.
Three suspects were arrested that same day and the fourth was arrested two days later.
According to police spokesperson Lineekela Shikongo, the fifth suspect is still on the run but his identity and residential address are known to the police and can be arrested any time.
With their arrest of the four, the police discovered that all of them were wanted suspects in three separate incidents of housebreaking where shebeens in Onandjaba and Etayi were broken into and items valued at more than N$15,000 stolen.
The church’s sound system was recovered together with a box of Tassenberg wine stolen from one of the shebeens.
Those arrested, and who have already appeared in court, are Iishi Kleopas (27), Haihambo Immanuel (29), Joseph Simon (25) and the 22-year-old Lazarus Likius Nghidipohamba.
They were remanded in custody and their case postponed to 9 October.