A suspected robber who allegedly bought a sparkly new Toyota Hilux bakkie was arrested in Ondangwa on Monday afternoon, five days after a Chinese national was robbed in Windhoek.
This third suspect in the N$1.4 million robbery case was nabbed in the Oshana region, where he reportedly bought the vehicle.
An amount of N$14 000 was also recovered from his room in Windhoek.
Khomas Police chief Ismael Basson confirmed the arrest, and said N$1.4 million in cash and goods worth N$1.9 million were stolen.
The third suspect joins Frans Andreas and Haimbondi Salom Sheehama, who were arrested on their way to the north while aboard an Intercape bus last Friday. Three other suspects in the case are still being pursued.
The police said six suspects came to a complainant’s house, grabbed the security guard, rang the doorbell and one opened the door and took three laptops, four cellphones and a CCTV memory box.
Sun Gong reportedly has some construction work going on at his residence, and allegedly told the police that he kept the large amount of money at home for buying material in case they got depleted.
The police recovered about N$105 000 in cash and US$1 200 (over N$19 000).
According to Basson, the police discovered through interrogation that a cleaner at the Chinese businessman’s house is one of seven suspects in the Hochland Park robbery.
The police discovered N$80 000 with the girlfriend of one of the suspects; N$240 from the cleaner, which she had on her; and N$12 600 from the cleaner’s friend, who lives opposite her.
The cleaner had used some of the money on herself to buy a new double-bed, a pair of Adidas sneakers, a Huawei cellphone and two small gas stoves, plus two gas bottles for her and a friend.
The cleaner in question allegedly also gave her mom N$1 000, and N$500 each to her two sisters.
“We recovered one laptop, one Playstation and two rounds for a shotgun in the plastic bag where the Playstation was. The cleaner gave her landlord N$900 and her friend gave the landlord N$1 200, but we only found the landlord with N$1 000. We recovered US$1 000 from one of the suspects’ friends,” read the report that was confirmed by Basson.
All the items were confiscated from the cleaner, but she was not arrested.