SIMON MUNTEMBA writes
POLICE in Lusaka have arrested four men in connection with a string of break-in and thefts from motor vehicles.
The four who were driving in a Nissan X-trail registration number BAC 3950 were arrested on Tuesday this week between 16:00 and 16:20 hours at Oxygen Gym along Lusaka’s Leopard Hill road after they allegedly broke into a parked car and stole $1000 and a brown bag.
Police public relations officer Esther Katongo confirmed with the Sun that the four were arrested and charged with theft from motor vehicle.
Ms Katongo identified the four suspects as Charles Mpeuka, Aswell Mwape, Masiku Phiri and Chewe Sichilima of unknown abode.
Ms Katongo said after searching the vehicle, Police recovered the stolen items and have impounded the motor vehicle they were driving in.
“Yes they have been arrested for theft from motor vehicle which occurred on December 3, 2019 between 16:00 hours and 16:20 hours at Oxygen Gym on Leopard Hill road.
“The suspects are alleged to have broken into a Motor vehicle, Honda CRV registration number BAJ 727 and stole US $1000 and a brown bag,” Ms Katongo said.
She said the suspects were driving a Nissan X-trail registration number BAC 3950.
Further investigations, she said, led to more recoveries of various items stolen from motor vehicles parked at three different shopping malls. The recovered items have been identified by the owners.
And in a twitter post that has gone viral, the four suspect could be seen waiting for the lady victim to enter the gym before disabling her vehicle door. While one was standing near the car as a look out, one entered the gym while the third was disabling the car door.
The thieves then drove off without opening the other car but were soon back. They park parallel to the victim’s car on the driver’s side. And quick as lightning, one man jumps out and grabs something and a bag from the victim’s vehicle and jumps back in with his friends and they drive off.
Unfortunately for them, all this was recorded on CCTV which was shared with the Zambia flying squad. According to a post by the victim, the suspects were cornered in Chilenje by the Flying squad within a short time.