Man robbed of N$600 000

07 October 2020 | Crime

TUYEIMO HAIDULA

OSHAKATI



Oshana police are requesting public assistance to arrest robbers who drove away with N$600 000 in Ondangwa on Monday.

Police spokesperson, inspector Thomas Aiyambo, said a Namibian man (58), who is a control postmaster at NamPost, withdrew N$1 million from Standard Bank for post offices in the Ondangwa area.

The victim withdrew the money in parts; N$400 000 at around 08:45, and then N$600 000 at around 12:25, the spokesperson said.

After he distributed the N$400 000 to smaller post offices around the town, the bank called him to collect the rest of the money, Aiyambo said.



Smash and grab

He said the victim then drove in a western direction, and when he approached a three-way, a white Toyota Corolla (licence plate N 4015 G) with four occupants approached him and demanded the money.

“One had a pistol while others threw stones.

“The suspects smashed both windows, then they took the container from the car containing the N$600 000, while one pointed a pistol to the victim,” Aiyambo said, adding the suspects then fled the scene.

No arrests or recovery has been made, with the victim unable to identify the suspects, he said.



Be careful

Aiyambo warned the public to be extra cautious when withdrawing or depositing money, adding that they should not travel alone.

He also urged companies to use security companies to do their banking or distribution, or to accompany them for protection.

“Individuals should also refrain from carrying huge amounts of money. Rather use online banking or use transfers for payments.

“Always check your mirrors whenever driving to see if there are any strangers following you and report it to the police,” he said.

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