Woman robbed of N$200 000
15 November 2021 | Crime
A South African woman (60) was robbed of N$236 430 in Walvis Bay today.
The victim used her private vehicle to collect the money from various businesses and was on her way to deposit it at the bank when she was robbed. Initial reports stated that a cash-in-transit vehicle was robbed in the harbour town.
Inspector Ileni Shapumba, the unit commander for community affairs in the Erongo region, confirmed the incident. He said that the police had received information that a cash-in-transit vehicle was robbed at about 11:30 in front of the Bay Fruit and Veg shop, in the industrial area. The victim allegedly went to collect money for banking from their businesses in town with her private vehicle and drove back to Bay Fruit and Veg to complete a deposit slip before she took the money to the bank. “She completed the deposit slip and took the money bag containing N$236 430, and she walked to her vehicle, which was parked outside the shop. While trying to open her vehicle, two persons grabbed her and took the money bag with the money from her. A third person (driver) was waiting for the robbers in a VW Polo with which they drove away. Before leaving the scene, one of the robbers stabbed the victim's vehicle front and rear left tyres.”
It was later determined that the getaway vehicle had fake registration plates (N 9269 S at the back and N 9654 S in front).
Shapumba said that the complainant suspects that she was followed by the robbers from the shop where she collected money first. He rubbished an online report that stated that the police arrived at the scene an hour late and on foot. The post stated that “information trickling in says the officers who attended the robbery scene went on foot after the withdrawal of vehicles used for emergencies such as robberies”. “This is totally untrue. Our officers responded within a reasonable time and in marked vehicles.”