Three people have been arrested on suspicion that they broke into Mangochi district commissioner’s (DC) office and stole assorted properties and money.
Mangochi Police spokesperson Rodrick Maida identified the suspects as Edward Frank (17), Snowden Mike (32) and Mathews Davis (31).
On March 24, armed robbers broke into 10 offices, including that of DC Jack Nguluwe, and stole K473 000 (about $702) cash, K24 000 (about $36) worth of airtime vouchers, five laptop computers, one laptop bag and master’s and bachelor’s degree certificates belonging to Nguluwe and four promotion letters.
They also stole a Totoya Hilux twin cab registration 018 MG 033 belonging to the Youth Department.
Maida described the suspects as dangerous, saying they had been suspected of previously committing a number of crimes in the district.
“During the night of January 7, they [allegedly] broke into Mama Khadija Girls Academy and stole K2 208 551.25 (about $ 3 276) cash; on January 13 they [allegedly] stormed Mariam Girls Teachers Training College and stole K780 000 cash before attacking Mangochi District Hospital’s offices in which they stole office equipment,” he said.
Maida further said during the night of February 1 the suspects allegedly broke into a house at Namwera and stole K447 500 cash, MTL and TNM airtime vouchers and cut off the house owner’s forefinger.
He also said the three are suspected to have broken into Rural Development Project offices and allegedly stole K450 000 (about $667) and stabbed a security guard on February 28. n