Car chase ends at Kombat

A 26-year-old man on Wednesday stole a vehicle at a service station in Okahandja and filled the tank without paying before driving off to Tsumeb.

14 June 2021 | Crime

ESTER KAMATI

OTJIWARONGO

A man identified as Uatjiri Mootu faces at least five criminal charges after stealing a car in Okahandja on Tuesday.

The police eventually caught up to him in Kombat after a high-speed chase on Wednesday.

The Ford Ranger double-cab 4x4 bakkie was stolen at a service station in Okahandja when the driver went into the shop, leaving the key in the ignition.

Mootu allegedly hopped in and sped off with the bakkie, which is valued at N$400 000.

He stopped at a service station in Otavi, where he filled the tank and drove off without paying.

Police officers in Tsumeb identified the stolen vehicle by its registration number and tried to stop the driver, but he sped off.

Car chase

This led to a high-speed chase from Tsumeb to Otavi, where a roadblock had been set up to stop the car.

After the stolen bakkie smashed through the roadblock, members of the Otavi police joined the chase.

Police at Kombat set up another roadblock, this time placing barriers in the road. That did not stop the speeding bakkie, but damaged the tyres and forced the thief to surrender.

When the police seized the bakkie, they found a stolen iPhone in it.

Mootu has been charged with theft, driving without a licence, possession of stolen goods, reckless driving and failing to stop at a police roadblock.

Mootu was to appear before the Otavi magistrate’s court on some of these charges on Friday before being transferred to Okahandja to be charged with the theft of the vehicle.

[email protected]

Similar News

 

Hardap records 229 stock theft cases

21 hours ago | Crime

NAMPA MARIENTALThe Namibian police in the Hardap Region arrested 207 suspects in connection with 229 stock theft cases during the 2020/21 financial...

Pensioner loses N$50k to scammers

3 days ago - 30 July 2021 | Crime

TUYEIMO HAIDULA OSHAKATI A 60-year-old retired teacher lost N$50 000 to scammers who pretended to be police officers on Monday...

Namibia ranked 62nd safest globally

4 days ago - 29 July 2021 | Crime

ELLANIE SMITWINDHOEKNamibia was ranked as the 62nd safest country to visit globally among 134 other countries, with Covid-19 deaths per capita that played a major...

Poaching numbers drop

6 days ago - 27 July 2021 | Crime

ELLANIE SMITWINDHOEKThis year to date only four elephants have been poached in comparison to the 12 elephants that were poached last year.In 2014, when poaching...

11-month-old baby girl raped

1 week ago - 26 July 2021 | Crime

ELLANIE SMITWINDHOEKThree children raped over the weekendThree suspects have been arrested for the rape of minors in different regions of the country on Saturday.A 24-year-old...

GBV cases drop, Covid-19 may be why

1 week ago - 26 July 2021 | Crime

ELLANIE SMITWINDHOEKA total of 2 643 gender-based violence (GBV)cases were recorded in 2020/2021 in comparison to the 5 427 reported in 2019/2020.The Covid-19 pandemic regulations...

Beware of criminals posing as cops

1 week ago - 26 July 2021 | Crime

ESTER KAMATIOTJIWARONGOPeople in the Tsumkwe Constituency last month fell victim to a man who passed himself off as a constable by the name of Martin...

Opuwo police arrest more than 30 for contravening regulations

1 week ago - 22 July 2021 | Crime

NAMPA OPUWOMore than 30 people were detained at Opuwo from the beginning of June...

10 more arrested for wildlife crimes in July

1 week ago - 22 July 2021 | Crime

ELLANIE SMITWINDHOEKAnother 10 suspects were arrested last week in connection with eight wildlife crime cases reported last week.Two of the suspects were arrested in connection...

Give fines, don’t fill cells, police told

1 week ago - 22 July 2021 | Crime

OGONE TLHAGEWINDHOEKPolice officers have been encouraged to issue fines to Covid-19 regulation violators as a means to avoid overcrowding of police cells in a circular...

Latest News

Weekend recap: Gazza postpones ‘Messiah’...

10 hours ago | Art and Entertainment

MICHAEL KAYUNDE WINDHOEK A day before he was meant to drop his 13th studio album, Gazza announced the postponement of ‘Messiah.’ “My mind, spirit...

We move - Jonas

21 hours ago | Sports

Jesse Jackson Kauraisa Namibian boxer Jonas Junias Jonas has hinted at a move...

Nathanael dethroned by ‘dodgy’ decision...

21 hours ago | Sports

Jesse Jackson Kauraisa MTC Nestor Sunshine Boxing and Fitness Academy promoter Nestor Tobias has revealed that the academy will wait for...

Electricity production capacity needs to...

21 hours ago | Economics

PHILLEPUS UUSIKU For the month of June 2021, Namibia mainly imported its electricity from Eskom Aggeneis, Zesco-Firm Zambia and ZPC-Zimbabwe due to a decline in...

South Africa’s Eskom in a...

21 hours ago | Business

ALEXANDER WINNINGA debt crisis at South Africa's struggling state-owned utility Eskom could be solved by an agreement for government creditors to write off some of...

Swapo sidesteps democracy

21 hours ago | Politics

JEMIMA BEUKES WINDHOEKThe questionable re-appointment of Paulus Noa as chief of the Anti-Corruption Commission...

China worries about terrorist attacks

21 hours ago | Police

JEMIMA BEUKES WINDHOEKThe Namibian police and other units in the country’s security cluster are on high alert after a bomb attack in...

Covid: Third wave not over...

21 hours ago | Health

JEMIMA BEUKES WINDHOEKWhile new cases have slowed down, authorities have cautioned Namibians not to let their guard down in the face of...

Can we please find a...

21 hours ago | Sports

Jesse Jackson Kauraisa This on and off sport in Namibia reminds me of stories I heard about relationships which are...

Load More