Brazen robbers on the run with N$300k pension cash

02 September 2020 | Crime

ELLANIE SMIT

WINDHOEK

Police are in pursuit of robbers who broke into the post office at Fransfontein in the Kunene Region on Monday night and are appealing for information from the public.

The suspects assaulted the postmaster, who had received N$300 000 meant for pension pay-outs earlier in the day, at his house to obtain the keys to the post office.

According to the spokesperson of the police, Deputy Commissioner Kauna Shikwambi, a security guard on duty nearby saw two people suspiciously running from the post office.

He immediately contacted the police, who responded.

Shikwambi said upon arrival at the post office the police discovered that all doors, including the security gate and the safe, were wide open.

Postmaster tied up

“The local police then drove to the residence of the postmaster, who is well known in the town, with the aim of informing him. Surprisingly, upon arrival at his house, he was found seriously assaulted and tied with electrical cables and lying on the floor covered with blood.”

He was rushed to the clinic and has been admitted to the Khorixas State Hospital.

Shikwambi said the postmaster told the police that he was assaulted by three unknown men, two of whose faces were covered with balaclavas. The men allegedly assaulted him and demanded the keys to the post office, which he eventually gave them.

Trail goes cold

The police followed the robbers’ trail for about five kilometres, where it disappeared. It is suspected that the suspects boarded a vehicle at this point.

None of the suspects have been arrested yet.

“This type of criminal incident is deemed to be collaborated; thus the police investigation is continuing and with the assistance of public information we will bring everyone involved to book,” said Shikwambi.

Anyone with information, especially those in the Fransfontein area who might have seen or heard anything, should contact Deputy Commissioner Kanyetu on 081 129 8238.

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