7 arrested for breaking and theft in Lilongwe

Police in Lilongwe have arrested seven people in connection with breaking and theft that occurred at Liberty Properties Company at Njewa Location along Mchinji Road in Lilongwe on April 13, 2022 where items worth K27 million were stolen.

Lilongwe Police Public Relations Officer (PRO), Hastings Chigalu, said on the day of the incident, four security guards under Pempho Security Services on night duty reported about the incident at around 17:00 hours.

“When the owner of the company, a Lebanese 1, reported for work in the morning, he found the main entrance gate wide open and no single watchman was within the vicinity,” Chigalu said.

The police spokesperson further said upon entering the premises, he found that both his office and the warehouse were broken into. 

“He immediately discovered the missing of five (5) computers, three (3) solar batteries, one plasma screen, 35 rolls of mesh wire and other items all worth over K27 million,” he said.

Meanwhile, police have recovered some items which include 14 rolls of mesh wire and one computer among others.

The suspects to the robbery and behind them have recovered rolls of the mesh wire they are suspected to have stolen

The police have also impounded a motor vehicle, Mitsubishi Canter registration number NA 7141 that was used to ferry the stolen items from the scene of crime to Area 24 within Lilongwe City.

The suspects have been charged with Breaking into a Building and Committing a Felony there-in, which contravenes Section 311 of the Penal Code.

One of the arrested suspects said security guards who reported for duty on the night of the incident are at large. 

The suspects have been identified as Gift Kuthani, 34, of Mgona Village, Traditional Authority Kaduya in Phalombe, Nicholas Boston, 24, of Maweru Village in Traditional Authority Chiwere in Dowa.

Others are Isaac Kauma, 26, of Kochera Village in T.A. Mlomba in Machinga, Alick Adamson, 58 from Phokolo Village in T.A. Masumbankhunda in Lilongwe, Gift Zulu, 39, from Mkumba Village in Traditional Authority Zulu in Mchinji, Aubrey Kadango, 27, of Kavuthethe Village in T.A. Chimwala in Mangochi and Osman Chisinga, 39, of Kanjinga Village in T.A. Kaphuka in Dedza District.

Investigations to recover the remaining items and arrest the other culprits are in progress.