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Hunt on for battery thief

Hunt on for battery thief

Niël Terblanché

MEMBERS of the Namibian Police fired several shots at a vehicle after the driver sped off from the police checkpoint at Kappsfarm during a search for stolen batteries that are used to power a communications relay station of MTC in the area of Seeis.
According to the incident report provided by the Namibian Police’s Public Relations Division the police in the area were alerted at about 01:00 on Monday morning after burglar set off the at the tower site while they removed the batteries. MTC officials notified the local police when the alarm tripped.
A while later a Toyota Hilux bakkie was stopped at Kappsfarm checkpoint while the search for the burglars was still being conducted.
Officers on duty requested the driver for his driver’s license and according to the report the man handed his documentation to them but while they were inspecting the vehicle, the driver sped off leaving his license in the hands of the police.
Warning shots were fired but the driver continued driving. Police gave chase and the bakkie was found abandoned in the bushes near the site of the old roadblock in the area of Heja Lodge a short while later.
The driver of the vehicle managed to evade arrest but a total of 16 solar batteries that were stolen earlier were found in the vehicle.
Two employees of the Canyon Village in Karasburg are on the run after they stole N$63 000 from their employer’s safe.
According to the incident report the duo went into their employer’s office on Friday 11 October between 00:15 and 03:00 where they opened the safe with the code before stealing the cash.
The theft was only discovered at around 09:00 of the same morning when the driver who went to deposit the money at the bank, found that the bags were empty. He alerted the manager who checked closed circuit television footage and discovered what transpired during the night.
The first suspect was employed as a security guard and second as a receptionist at the Canyon Village. Both suspects aged 22 and 26 are still at large and police investigation continues.
At the same time but hundreds of kilometres away in Otjiwarongo members of the local Crime Prevention Unit arrested three suspects that broke into the Noraka Boutique in Hage Geingob Street.
The three men, aged 29, 30 and 31 were caught red-handed inside the shop after they gained access to the building through a kitchen window.
The suspects were arrested on the spot.
Another incident of burglary was reported to the Namibian Police in Katutura over the weekend.
According to the incident report four suspects broke into a house in the Nubaumis area of Brakwater on Friday night while the residents were not at home.
While inside the house the burglars broke into a safe and took three hunting rifles and ammunition. They also stole two computers, a scanner, an iPad and two laptops.
The scanner and a few other small items were recovered by the police during a follow-up operation. No arrests were made yet. Police investigations continue.

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