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General Ndeitunga warns public not harbour criminals

General Ndeitunga warns public not harbour criminals

Niël Terblanché
THE Namibian Police is still in pursuit of the two remaining suspects that managed to escape the dragnet of an intensive search and capture operation east of Windhoek during the early hours of Thursday morning.
The Inspector General of the Namibian Police, Lieutenant General Sebastian Ndeitunga has extended his immense appreciation and gratitude to all the members of the force who ceaselessly pursued the suspects until they were apprehended.
With regards to the suspects still able to evade arrest the general urged the Namibian nation not to harbour criminals but to alert the police in order for the necessary arrests to be effected and for the suspects to be dealt with in accordance to the law.
General Ndeitunga’s compliment to the members who played a part in the intensive search and capture operatio follows a house breaking and theft case on Thursday at about 02:00 at Otjere Lodge in the Windhoek district near Steinhausen.

Pictured: The Inspector General of the Namibian Police, Lieutenant General Sebastian Ndeitunga. – Photo: File

According to a statement released by the Police Public Relations Division the operation started after the owner of the Lodge alerted Nampol.
“An investigation was launched and the suspects were pursued by officers on foot, in vehicles and in the police helicopter until four suspects aged 45, 39, 39 and 32-years-old, were subsequently arrested along the main road between Windhoek and Hosea Kutako International Airport.”
The suspects are accused of breaking through the main door of Otjere Lodge, further breaking down a kitchen door where the safe and the fridge were located. Thereafter they are accused of cutting open the safe with a cutting torch and managing to steal six rifles, one pistol, some ammunition of different calibres, €2 000 in cash, N$6 000 in cash, bottles of vodka and whisky, packs of frozen meat, an I-Phone, a cordless telephone and several two litre bottles of Coca Cola.
They then loaded the stolen goods in a White Opel Corsa bakkie with registration number N4942W and fled from the scene. However, about 03:00am en- route to Windhoek near Seeis Police Station, the suspects abandoned the vehicle and fled on foot. The officer ceaselessly pursued the suspects until they were apprehended.
“Some items such as the five rifles, ammunition, the bottles of alcohol and some European cash were recovered after it was found in the possession of the arrested suspects. Their vehicle was impounded. The cutting torch and other housebreaking equipment were confiscated and police investigation continues.”
According to the statement a case of housebreaking with intent to steal and theft was opened at Hosea Kutako Police Station and the suspects are expected to appear in the Katutura Magistrate Court on Monday, 12 August 2019.
General Ndeitunga expressed his appreciation for the swift report of the incident by the complainant as well as the cooperation by community members in the surrounding areas from where the incident took place to where the suspects were apprehended.
“The Namibian Police force is still in pursuit of the two remaining suspects and I thus urge the Namibian nation not to harbour criminals but to alert the police so that they can be arrested and be dealt with in accordance to the law.”
Anyone with information with regards to the incident or the suspects is requested to contact Deputy Commissioner Agas on 081 124 2649 or report to the nearest police station.

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