Lilongwe Police anti-motor vehicle theft unit have arrested five people and recovered three vehicles which are believed to have been stolen in separate incidents of similar pattern within the city.
Central Region Police spokesperson Nolliettie Chihana has confirmed the arrest of Peter Mphepo, 53; Gladson Banda, 44; Wilson Chimbalu, 44; Lingson Binton, 31; and Mishoni Namani, 31.
Chihana said the stolen vehicles include three Toyota Dynas registrations KK 1696, ZA 6867 and KU 891 and were all stolen under the disguise of hiring.
“The vehicles belong to Mc Fallen Mbewe from Mkwachula Village, Traditional Authority [T/A] Chimutu, Lilongwe; Maida Black from Kalonga Village T/A Mponda, Mangochi and Gedion Chamatwa from Kapiliuta Village, T/A Chulu, Kasungu,” she said.
Chihana said in two incidents, the suspects hired the said vehicles to collect goods at Mitundu Trading Centre while in the other incident the vehicle was hired to collect goods at Malawi Revenue Authority (MRA) offices along Mchinji Road where the victims were later taken unawares and the vehicles stolen from them.
“In the latter incident, when the vehicle arrived at MRA offices, they said the goods had already been taken by another vehicle as such they asked the driver to head for Mitundu to collect different goods,” she said.
Chihana said the five suspects will appear in court to answer charges of robbery with violence which is contrary to section 300 of the laws of Malawi.
Meanwhile, the police is appealing to drivers to take caution against suspicious customers to avoid theft of vehicles. n