Poachers leave vehicle behind in police chase

Isaac Chikosi

A group of poachers know it is only a matter of time before the Police knocks on the door, after they abandoned a register vehicle earlier this week in the process of fleeing from the law during a poaching incident. In fact, the Police call upon these suspects to hand themselves over at the nearest police station to prevent the waste of time and resources.

Police are still searching for suspects who on 9 March (on Saturday) at around 17:00 were spotted poaching in the Namib Naukluft Park.
According to Chief Inspector Daniel Gurirab, “A team comprising of members from the Ministry of Environment and Tourism; and Namibian Police reservists came across the suspects as they were skinning oryx. The spot where the skinning was done is in the Namib Naukluft Park”, explained Gurirab.
It is further alleged that when the suspects saw the law enforcement members, “they sped off in their vehicle and were chased down until their vehicle got stuck in the river sand.”
The suspects abandoned their vehicle and ran away. According to police reports, all equipment used during the poaching were abandoned. The oryx carcasses were valued at N$40 000.
The vehicle used by the suspects was impound-ed, as the police work to ascertain the identity of the owner. At the time of going to press, no official report on the apprehension of the suspects as and their identities were available.

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