Third suspect in Walvis Bay money heist arrested

WALVIS BAY: A third suspect in a money heist which took place here last Thursday, was arrested at Rosh Pinah on Tuesday and appeared before court in Lüderitz on Wednesday.

Moses “Bitaa” Hikopua, 32, was remanded in custody and his case was postponed to 16 April 2014 in the Walvis Bay Magistrate’s Court.

The other suspects are Freygon Katjire, 23, and 22-year-old Rodger Otjoi.

They all stand accused of stealing N.dollars 332 869.85 in cash and cheques worth N.dollars 562 85.64.

A fourth suspect is still at large.

Katjire, who was the driver of the Namibia Protection Services (NPS) vehicle which transported the money, was arrested on the same day of the alleged theft, while Otjoi was arrested on Friday.

They made a brief appearance in the Walvis Bay Magistrate’s Court on Monday this week, and were also remanded in custody.

The crime investigations’ coordinator for the Namibian Police Force (NamPol) in the Erongo Region, Deputy Commissioner Ottilie Kashipuulwa told Nampa on Thursday that Katjire and Otjoi will appear here on 14 April 2014.

Kashipuulwa said the money belongs to ErongoRed and Metro, and so far the police managed to recover a total of N.dollars 41 000.

Speculations are that Katjire planned the robbery with the other three suspects, by diverting from the banks where he and a co-worker, who was released after police interrogation, were supposed to deposit the money.

He allegedly handed over the money to the three suspects who were waiting in a getaway vehicle in the Meersig suburb of this harbour town.

SOURCE: NAMPA