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Police nab three bandits, recover firearm with 28 rounds of ammunition

By LUCY PHIRI

POLICE in the early hours of yesterday arrested three suspected thieves in Lusaka’s Makeni area and recovered a pistol with 28 rounds of ammunition.

The incident happened around 01:00 hours after the police patrol team intercepting an unregistered Toyota IST that the suspects were using.

Deputy Police Public Relations Officer, Danny Mwale said police recovered a pistol, 28 rounds of ammunition and several house and motor vehicle breaking instruments from the suspects.

Mr Mwale identified the suspects as Kenneth Makina aged 34 of Monze District, Alfred Mendai aged 35 of Lilayi area and Robbie Banda aged 36 of Jack township.

“The suspects led police officers to the recovery of a Toyota Mark X bearing registration number BCE 878 suspected to have been used in the commission of offences. They are all detained in police custody,’’ Mr Mwale said.

He also stated that two people of Matero Township in Lusaka were arrested after they were found with suspected stolen laptops after criminals broke into a house in Roma township.

Mr. Mwale disclosed that during interrogations, the two claimed to have bought the laptops from some Tanzanian nationals.

“Police instituted investigations which led to the arrest of four Tanzanians who during interrogations identified themselves as John Esaya, Abachi Muhamid, Muhamid Kilafu and Idrissa Saidi. They were arrested after police intercepted their motor vehicle in Olympia park,’’ he said.

 Mr Mwale said when the vehicle was searched, one school bag containing two other small bags, a wristwatch and one hard drive were found.

He said items were positively identified by the victim as some of the properties stolen from the house.

“The four Tanzanians together with the two Zambians are detained in police custody. The house breaking incident occurred on May 11, 2023 around 15:30 hours in Roma when the owner of the house was away,’’ Mr. Mwale said.

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