Seven arrested, police searching for two more

09 August 2019 | Crime

The police were yesterday afternoon still on the hunt for two fleeing suspects involved in a break-in at a lodge in the Omaheke Region.

They had arrested seven suspects in the early hours of yesterday morning for two separate break-ins in the Omaheke Region. Speaking to Namibian Sun yesterday from Otjere Lodge, about 19 kilometres from Steinhausen, the Khomas regional commander, Commissioner Joseph Shikongo, confirmed that two separate burglaries had occurred in the Omaheke Region on Wednesday night, involving nine suspects. The first break-in was reported at a well-known business in Gobabis on Wednesday night and three suspects were arrested in connection with this incident.

Shikongo said he was informed of the second break-in at Otjere Lodge at about 02:00 on Thursday morning. Six men broke in through the gates at the lodge and managed to steal 2 000 euro, N$6 000 in cash, seven rifles that the guests make use of, as well as liquor and meat.

He said four of the suspects were arrested and five of the rifles, the meat, alcohol and some of the stolen money were recovered.

The two gangs, which apparently operated independently, were apprehended on the road between Seeis and Steinhausen by the same patrol team from the Hosea Kutako Airport police station.

The officers, investigating the lodge break-in, spotted a suspicious vehicle and tried to stop it.

The suspects fled but near Seeis their vehicle left the road and they fled into the bush.

Shikongo said four suspects were eventually arrested between 07:00 and 09:00 yesterday morning.

While the police were still busy with the Otjere investigation another suspicious vehicle was spotted and pulled over near Heja Lodge.

Three suspects in the robbery at Gobabis were found in the taxi and were arrested. Shikongo said officers from the Omaheke and Khomas regions were deployed after the first break-in was reported at Gobabis. A police helicopter was deployed to track the suspects from the second robbery. “We are still hard at work to apprehend the other two suspects,” he said.

ELLANIE SMIT

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