G4S guard granted bail for alleged theft

by Tunomukwathi Asino

Windhoek

A member of the G4S security company was granted bail of N$3 000 in the Windhoek Magistrate’s Court for allegedly conniving to steal N$100 000.

Jacobs Appolus, 25, made his first appearance in connection with the case in the Windhoek Magistrate’s Court on Monday, where Magistrate Ilge Rheent granted Appolus bail. The matter was remanded to July 4 for further investigations and to enable him to get legal representation. Prosecutor Rowan van Wyk represented the State.



A statement issued by the police on Friday indicates that on Thursday, April 14, at about 10h00 the Serious Crime Unit in Windhoek received a report from the management of G4S Securicor company that an amount of N$100 000 had gone missing while in transit from their offices at Eros Suburb to First National Bank (FNB) Cash Centre in Windhoek central business district.

It is alleged six employees (the male and three female) were onboard the cash-in-transit vehicle when it departed from the office, but upon arrival at the bank, it was discovered that N$100 000 was missing from the total amount signed out at the office, according to the police statement.

The police immediately launched an investigation, as a result of which N$60 000 was recovered from a bathroom at Maerua Mall at about 12h00, after it was allegedly handed to an accomplice employed at a furniture shop at Maerua Mall.

A short while later N$39 800 was recovered from a handbag of a cleaner at Maerua Mall. Appolus was arrested with N$120 hidden in his socks and reportedly confessed that he had used the missing N$80 to pay for taxi fare and a recharge voucher.

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