Police in Blantyre have arrested prominent Ndirande businessperson Ali Paseli(47) and two Group 4 Securicor(G4S) guards for breaking into a building and committing a felony therein, contrary to section 311 of the Penal Code.
According to Blantyre police deputy-publicist Constable Andrew Mayawo, on the night of February 15 2015, Paseli allegedly connived with two G4S guards Abel Chisonkha (25) and John Maumale (32) to steal 481 boxes of tiling materials worth K4million from the new Crossroads Hotel construction site in Blantyre.
Mayawo said that access into the building was gained by cutting through the entrance with a grinder and welding it back into place after committing the felony.
Said Mayawo: “The guards and site manager reported the intrusion, but after visiting the scene, our officers noted that it was strange for criminals to cut their way in and weld back the gate without the guards noticing anything. We suspected the guards, who later confessed, implicating Paseli.”
This led to the arrest of Paseli from whom 145 boxes of tiles have since been recovered.
Mayawo said Paseli and the duo will soon appear in court.
Meanwhile, he said further investigations are underway to recover the rest of the tiles and the vehicle which was used in the alleged theft.
Paseli hails from Ntuluko village, Traditional Authority (TA) Jalasi in Mangochi district, Chisonkha is from Maluwale village, TA Mabuka, Mulanje while Maumale is from Chavala village, T/A Kasisi in Chikwawa.