Three Zambian nationals were arrested at Oshikango over the weekend after they were found in possession of cellphones that are suspected to have been stolen from Pep Store in Oshakati, according to Namibia’s New Era newspaper.
The suspects allegedly used an uncommon and probably new technique to blow off the lid of the safe where 200 cellphones and money estimated at over N$70 000 (about K47 million) was stored.
The suspects allegedly gained access to Pep Store building by cutting off part of the roof of the building.
Despite the alarm system, the suspects allegedly managed to enter the shop’s storeroom were the safe was but the alarm did not go off.
According to Oshana Police Regional, Commissioner Ndahangwapo Kashihakumwa, police are still investigating the type of explosive device used to blow off the safe’s lid.
“We are still investigating in order to determine if the device was a commercial or military device,” said Kashihakumwa.
He added that police suspect the thieves worked with the help of a Pep Store employee, which made it easy for them to carry out the crime. He added that no Pep Store employee has been arrested yet, but police are investigating.
“There were two safes in the storeroom but the suspects went straight to the safe with money,” said Kashihakumwa.
Ohangwena Police arrested the three suspects after they were spotted selling new cellphones at Oshikango the same day the break-in took place at Oshakati.
The serial numbers of all 10 cellphones that were found in the possession of the suspects matched the serial numbers of the cellphones that were stolen from Pep Store.
Kashihakumwa said the fourth suspect, who is also a Zambian national, is still at large and is believed to be in possession of some of the missing cell phones.
By the time New Era went to print, the suspects had not appeared in court.