Police bust suspected vehicle chop shop

Police in Windhoek stumbled upon large quantities of vehicle parts, leading them to suspect that a ‘car chop shop’ ring may be operating in Goreangab informal settlement. Police recovered various car parts in a backyard shack and the owner of the premises could not account for the origin of the car parts. “We found suspicious car parts of a car that had been stripped, which the owner of the premises couldn’t account for,” said City Police spokesperson Fabian Amukwelele. However, the owner of the premises where the vehicle parts were found said he buys vehicles from auctions to re-sell. Amukwelele said the police arrived at the premises to recover a stolen jukebox. The machine was stolen from a bar in Havana in the early hours, between 03:00 and 04:00. The machine, which had a tracking device, led the police to the shack where it was hidden. The City Police discovered the machine between 08:00 and 09:00 the same morning. However, the suspect maintained that he did not know how the jukebox ended up in his backyard shack, which is rented out to tenants. Amukwelele said the owner of the premises was arrested because of the stolen items found on his premises. The jukebox was returned to the rightful owner. “We advise the public at large not to buy stolen goods and not allow their premises to be used as storage facilities for goods that can’t be accounted for with proof of ownership.” In the photo, City Police spokesperson Fabian Amukwelele in the shack where the suspected stolen car parts were found.

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