A suspect was shot and is being treated under police guard after a daring break-in at the Katutura Magistrate’s Court.
Three suspects have been arrested in connection with the break-in that occurred on Friday and Saturday, respectively.
It was discovered at about 07h30 when employees reported for duty that unknown suspects entered
the court yard by climbing over the wall, damaged the glass door and gained access to the entire building.
Suspects further broke into seven offices, where they stole three laptops of magistrates and that of a
public prosecutor, as well as one computer monitor and CPU.
A knife and kettle were found abandoned in the same building corridors during investigations.
CCTV footage shows how two unknown suspects with balaclavas entered the yard. Suspects used the chairs in the court corridors to climb on and damage the office’s windows, where they gained entrance.
Confirming the incident, Namibian police spokesperson Kauna Shikwambi said the suspects broke into the court building on Friday and returned on Saturday. An operation was carried out but the suspects could not be traced nor apprehended.
However, in the early hours of Sunday morning, between 03h00 and 04h00, the police, who were still at the scene after a patrol of Windhoek’s streets, saw a suspect on the roof of the court house, attempting to flee.
“Some shots were fired to halt the fleeing suspect but to no avail – and, as a result, he was shot and wounded, and subsequently apprehended. He is currently at Katutura Hospital under police guard,” narrated Shikwambi.
Shikwambi said the suspect was found in possession of two laptops, which were recovered. A buyer of two other stolen court laptops was also arrested.
Altogether, three suspects (30, 40 and 50 year old) have been arrested. Two of the suspects have been charged with housebreaking and theft, while the third suspect is arraigned with charges of being in possession of suspected stolen properties.
“Further to the progress of police investigation, two
other court’s laptops were recovered in a bus enroute to Oshikango, Sunday morning. Thus far, six laptops are recovered by the police and investigations are ongoing,” said Shikwambi.
She cautioned the public not to buy stolen properties, as it is a serious crime that is punishable by law.
Police chief Sebastian Ndeitunga, who was part of the operation and present for the arrest, applauded officers in Khomas and Ohangwena regions for their swift action and collaboration to arrest and recover the stolen goods.
The suspects are expected to make their first court appearance on Tuesday.