The Namibian Police requested the public to assist them in hunting down a gang of violent armed robbers after a spree of home invasions at Omaruru over the weekend.
Common threads in the three robbery cases reported to the police in Omaruru are the fact that most of the victims were elderly and that the armed thugs focused mainly on stealing jewellery of high value.
According to the Erongo Regional Crime Investigations Coordinator, Deputy Commissioner Erastus Iikuyu, two of the incidents occurred on Saturday and another last Thursday.
One of the incidents involved armed thugs removing the aluminium frame of a window from a wall at the Omaruru Game Lodge to gain entrance to a room where an elderly couple were sleeping during Friday night.
“Two robbers armed with knives and clubs woke the 86-year-old Swiss national and his elderly wife during the early hours of Saturday morning and forced them to hand over the valuable belongings.”
Deputy Commissioner Iikuyu said the elderly couple stated that the robbers managed to steal a golden Rolex wrist watch valued at N$350 000, l-phones valued N$60 000 and N$1 000 in cash. The robbers also stole various items of clothing, wallets, handbags and even the elderly mans pipe and tobacco pouch.
He said the total value of the stolen items is estimated to be N$418 000.
Later on Saturday evening four armed robbers entered the house of a 48-year-old man who was home alone at the Okakambo small holding outside Omaruru and threatened the victim with fire arms.
“It is alleged that four unknown male suspects entered the house by opening the rear door before threatening him with fire arms. The robbers then used a roll of sticky tape to bind the victim’s arms and legs before plundering the house.”
According to Deputy Commissioner Iikuyu the robbers managed to steal three wrist watches amongst which, a blue Breitling wrist watch valued at N$30 000, N$1 800 in cash, a black Acer laptop computer and two Samsung smart phones. The robbers also stole the victim’s bottle of aftershave lotion, a knife and they also took his car keys when the fled into the darkness of the night.
Deputy Commissioner Iikuyu said the total value of the stolen items is estimated to be N$54 600.
On Thursday evening at about 22:45 an unknown number of suspects broke down the door of a 75-year-old woman residing at a house in Noord Street, Omaruru.
“”After gaining entrance to the house the robbers threatend the elderly woman before they tied her up and plundered her house for valuables.”
Deputy Commissioner Iikuyu said the robbers stole the victim’s jewellery amongst which several golden necklaces and diamond rings, a coin collection and two gold Kruger Rand coins. The robbers also stole an unknown amount of cash. The total value of all the stolen items and cash is estimated to be about N$200 000.
According to Deputy Commissioner Iikuyu none of the stolen property has been recovered and none of the suspects in the three cases have been arrested. He requested any person with information regarding the different cases of armed robberies to contact him at 081 246 4757 or Detective Inspector Litota at 081 256 5757 or the nearest Police Station.
The spree of armed robberies perpetrated on mostly elderly people was preceded last Tuesday by another armed robbery and rape of 60-year-old Chinese woman who owns a flower shop in Omaruru.
“It is alleged that the 19-year-old Alfeus Issac entered the victim’s shop through the open door before hitting the elderly woman with an iron rod on her head. He then allegedly proceeded to rape the Chinese woman who was bleeding profusely from a deep head wound.”
According to Duty Commissioner Iikuyu the young man then rifled through the shop for the victim’s belongings and managed to steal various items worth about N$3 742 before fleeing from the scene.
He said the victim was taken to Omaruru State Hospital for medical treatment and stated that she was not admitted.
The suspect was arrested the morning after the incident and was formally informed about the charges of rape and robbery against him when he appeared in the Omaruru Magistrate’s Court On Friday
Issac was arrested in the Ozondjie suburb of Omaruru and all the stolen items were recovered.