Robbery at Henties Bay campsite

Tourist sustains injuries

20 November 2019 | Crime

Henties Bay

A case has been lodged at the Henties Bay police station after two tourists who were camping at a lodge on the outskirts of the town became victims of a robbery in the early morning hours of today.

According to Erongo police commander for community affairs, warrant officer Ileni Shapumba, the tourists (a South African couple), were sleeping in a tent on top of their pickup vehicle at Buck’s Camping Lodge when the incident occurred.

He said that apparently two men began cutting the tent from the outside, which woke the wife. Then the husband started fighting with the culprit, sustaining a few knife wounds in the process. “While fighting the assailant, another man grabbed the wife’s handbag as well as toiletry bag,” Shapumba said.

He added that the thieves could not find anything of value in either of the bags.

“There was obviously nothing valuable in the toiletry bag, while the woman’s handbag contained only documents. The robbers scattered the documents in the riverbed where it was recovered later.”

The female victim vented her anger about the attack on social media and the post spread like wildfire.

“We had a very bad experience this morning. At 03:00 we were attacked by three men in our roof top tent in Henties Bay at Buck’s Camping Lodge. They also smashed our window and stole my handbag and toiletry bag. Be careful where you decide to camp. Even in secure places you are not safe. The horrifying part is that they came for us first before smashing the windows.”

Gert Strydom of Buck’s Camping Lodge, which is located in the light industrial area of Henties Bay, described the incident as unfortunate in a post on social media. He also apologised for the inconvenience or loss the incident may have caused.

Strydom said that this was the second burglary attempt in almost 20 years.

“We pride ourselves in the fact that we have a safe campsite. Guests that have been visiting since 1999 can confirm this. We will post two guards throughout the [holiday] season, which we normally do.”

The police investigation continues.

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