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RUNDU: Ten suspects thought to be involved in the armed robberies reported in the two Kavango regions last month were arrested at Rundu on Friday. The men were arrested after being found in possession of five illegal pistols. Some of the suspects are apparently notorious criminals who have pending cases and have been involved in a number of high profile cases. The Namibian Police Force (NamPol)’s Crime Investigations Coordinator for the Kavango regions, Deputy Commissioner Willie Bampton told Nampa on Sunday the police spotted a suspicious vehicle at Rundu and searched the vehicle.

They then recovered four pistols and a number of items such as cameras, car radios, cell phones and equipment used to break into houses. After a thorough search of the sedan vehicle the police also found a rough sketch on a piece of paper which was thought to be the suspects’ plans to rob a certain lodge near the Kongola area in the Zambezi Region. Deputy Commissioner Bampton said the police later on the same day made another breakthrough and arrested two more suspects with a pistol, bringing the total number of suspects to 10.

He indicated that the police will conduct an investigation to determine whether they were involved in the armed robberies reported in the two regions in January. The suspects are expected to appear in the Rundu Magistrate’s Court on charges of illegal possession of firearms. Two armed robberies involving large amounts of money were reported in the Kavango regions in the past two weeks. Eight suspects robbed a take away at Rundu of N.dollars 400 000.

The suspects held the manager of the business, Willem Jansen van Rensburg, at gunpoint and took the money from a safe before fleeing the scene. Last Sunday, a 50-year-old man was robbed of thousands of dollars at Mbambi village in the Kavango West Region after the suspects in the matter set up a fake roadblock.

The five suspects, of whom four were dressed in Namibian Police Force (NamPol) uniforms, set the roadblock up some 40 kilometres south of Nkurenkuru and searched the vehicles that passed through the roadblock. The suspects robbed the man of a pistol and N.dollars 18 000. The man, identified as Philip Sescas from Ongwediva, was left tied up in the bush.