Daylight robbers overturn getaway car

A series of schoolboy errors ensured that half of the suspected criminals did not slip out from the long arm of the law.

01 June 2020 | Crime

ILENI NANDJATO

OMAALALA



Two suspects were still at large yesterday after the getaway vehicle four persons used in a robbery at Ondangwa on Friday overturned at Omaalala village.

Two suspects were arrested after the accident.

Police say a female employee of the Ondangwa Private Hospital was held at a gunpoint by armed suspects and robbed of N$200 000 in front of First National Bank (FNB) at the town, minutes after she had withdrawn N$400 000 from Bank Windhoek. As of yesterday, the Oshana regional police had recovered N$75 600 of the money.



Gunpoint heist

“Just while she was entering the FNB carrying a plastic bag containing the money, a man from nowhere held a gun on her. She then tried to throw the bag to the security, but unfortunately it could not reach him and the robber grabbed it,” Oshana police regional commander Commissioner Rauha Amwele said.

“The man ran to a getaway white VW Polo sedan that was standing nearby, however the woman, who was chasing the robber, managed to grab the bag.”

The bag tore and N$200 000 fell out, while the suspects got away with the other N$200 000, she said.

Amwele added that members of the public assisted in chasing the suspects, who were driving in the direction of Ongwediva.

Ondangwa Private Hospital spokesperson Kalipa Kaliba confirmed the incident, but could not provide more details.



Accident

The car belongs to a local car rental company, Amwele said.

At Omaalala, the suspect lost control of the vehicle and it overturned.

“Some police members were already on their way from Oshakati and Ongwediva and they managed to get to the accident scene on time.”

One of the suspects, a 23-year-old man from Ondeihaluka village in Ohangwena Region, sustained injuries to his head and back during the accident and was arrested at the scene.

Another suspect, a 31-year-old man from Okapya village near Ondangwa, was arrested not far from the scene and was found in possession of N$61 000,” Amwele said.

“Another N$14 600 was recovered from a young boy who picked it in a mahangu field.”

The injured suspect is receiving treatment at the Oshakati Intermediate Hospital, she said.

The remaining N$124 400 has not been recovered yet.

Amwele added that the suspects at large are known criminals. Police investigations continue.

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