Two arrested over botched robbery at Gibeon

A Nampost clerk and a security officer of Eagle Night Security at Gibeon were arrested last Wednesday in connection with a robbery and the malicious damage to property.

Richlinde Swartbooi (37) and Magrietha Kooper (52) reported a case of robbery involving N$21 844 in cash, airtime vouchers worth N$2 000, and six cellphones with a total value of about N$29 000.

Deputy commissioner Eric Clay, the police crime investigations coordinator for the Hardap region, says the two women told the police that an unknown person violently assaulted them before stealing the items on 12 January. 

They claimed the person slapped and pushed them around before damaging a phone belonging to NamPost.

Clay said the two were arrested, because their story did not make sense, and because they allegedly falsely reported a crime they committed themselves.

The women were allegedly found in possession of some of the stolen money and items.

They appeared in the Gibeon Periodic Court on Friday and were granted bail of N$3 000 each.

Their next court appearance is set for 18 April.

NamPost spokesperson Gladwin Groenewaldt did not respond to questions sent to him on Monday.

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