Repeat offender allegedly robs tourists
The Swakopmund Neighbourhood Watch reported an attempted theft by an alleged repeat offender.
02 June 2021 | Crime
Two European tourists estimated to be in their 50’s, were allegedly targeted in a robbery.
According to a report by the Swakopmund Neighbourhood Watch, the two women left their belongings unattended at a campsite near the mouth of the Swakop River when they went to the restrooms to prepare for activities in the area.
The suspect, who is believed to be a repeat offender, allegedly stole a backpack containing a phone, two cameras, passport, bank cards, cash and important documentation, and took off.
The Neighbourhood Watch reportedly found the suspect walking in the vicinity of Desert Breeze Guesthouse with the backpack.
The suspect, who has apparently been charged with housebreaking twice before – in March 2017 and November 2019 – tried to escape when he saw the Neighbourhood Watch members.
Inspector Ileni Shapumba, Nampol’s commander of community affairs in Erongo, says Namibians should play their part in crime prevention.
“The people who host tourists should advise them to be vigilant and not leave valuable goods unattended. This is not heaven,” he said.