Nkhata Bay, January 9: Police in Nkhata Bay District on Saturday aborted plans by an 18 year old shop worker to take away property worth over K900 thousand he stole from the shop he was working in after being tipped by a minibus driver who was hired to ferry the stolen property.
Nkhata Bay Police Publicist, Sergeant Ignatius Esau identified the suspect as Blessings Kaonga from Bwanaoko Village in the area of Traditional Authority Nthalire in Chitipa District.
Esau said the suspect was employed as a shop worker in a dressing outfit belonging to Thokozani Mfune at Nkhata Bay Boma.
“Barely a week after being employed at the shop, on Saturday, Kaonga went to the shop at night where he managed to enter and stole various property ranging from a Plasma screen, super blankets, baby blankets, pairs of shoes and various clothes among others all valued at K933 thousand,” said Esau.
According to the police publicist, after managing to steal from the shop, the suspect hired a minibus to ferry the property to Mzuzu.
The suspect agreed with the minibus driver(name withheld) to transport the property, but the driver suspected foul play and then delayed a bit and reported to police who then came at the scene to question Kaonga.
“After questioning him, it’s when we established that he had stolen the goods he was carrying, hence we arrested him on the spot and he voluntarily took us to the shop he had stolen [from],” explained the police spokesman.
Esau further commended the minibus driver who reported the issue to police after suspicious with the suspect.
“We would like to commend the minibus driver for the effort he put in. If it were not for him, maybe, the suspect would have managed to go away with the property,
‘But the driver showed bravery by reporting and enabling us to react swiftly by arresting the suspect,” he said.
Meanwhile, Kaonga is remanded at Nkhata Bay Prison waiting to answer the charge of theft by servant, contrary to section 286 of the penal code when the industrial action is over by the judiciary.