Ongwediva Oshana Region which moved from being a high crime zone to a relatively crime-free region is once again under attack by armed robbers who are targeting commercial businesses.
In a matter of weeks police in the region recorded six armed robberies involving criminal gangs. Three cases were reported in Ongwediva and three in Ondangwa.
Oshana Police Regional Commander Commissioner Ndahangwapo Kashihakumwa said more and more robberies are being carried out with the assistance of insiders.
People act as if it is armed robbery but these are people coming to collect what they are told to come and collect. These are typical and straightforward cases of insider jobs, he told New Era.
In Ondangwa the robbers who targeted a cash-loan business got away, four suspects were arrested following a break-in at Warthog Clothing Shop and two suspects were arrested for robbing a bakery.
In Ongwediva, no suspect/s has yet been arrested in connection with the armed robbery at Ongwediva Pick n Pay and one suspect was arrested for the robbery of a businesswomans house. Four suspects were caught red-handed while attempting to rob Ongwediva Select Service Station.
Kashihakumwa said in many instances criminals work together with employees of the robbed businesses. He said employees are either contacted by the robbers to feed them with information while in some cases criminals are contacted by employees about staging a robbery. The robbers thus have inside information of the targetted premises, allowing them to successfully flee the scene of the crime.
Kashihakumwa however said the police have ruled out insider involvement in the attempted robbery at Ongwediva Select Service Station, based on the method used by the suspects.
They (suspects) went in the shop and a staged fight broke out between them, and some of them kept moving backwards in the direction of the cashiers hoping that the employees would run away while they prepared to grab the money from the cash registers, said the commissioner.
The regional commanderwarned criminals that are still on the run to surrender while there is still time. He said police have their names and it is just a matter of time before they are flushed out of their hiding places.
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