Student at Malawi College of Accountancy arrested for shoplifting at PTC-Metro:  Blames his poverty for theft

A 30 year old Financial Accounting student at Malawi College of Accountancy (MCA)-Blantyre Campus was on Tuesday afternoon arrested by the police after he was caught stealing assorted items from Balaka PTC-Metro Shop.

Some of the stollen items

Some of the stollen items

Owen: Says he is poor

Owen: Says he is poor

Balaka Police Public Relations Officer (PRO) Constable Gerald Sumaili identified the suspect as Victor Owen.

Sumaili said at around 2:00pm on Tuesday, Owen entered into Metro shop and took various items including Vaseline Body Lotion, tablets of soap, packets of Kamba and milk among others valued at K22, 075 and attempted to go out withou paying.

“He hid most of these items in his jacket he wore and he tried to get out of the shop without paying. The moment he was making his last steps out of the shop,  one of the workers noticed and attempted to stop him.

“The suspect tried to run away but was caught by police officers who rushed to the scene since the shop is just few meters away from Balaka police” explained Constable Sumaili .

He said the suspect was also found with a bag he had kept at a nearby place suspected to have again been stollen from one of the shops in Balaka.

The suspect straight away appeared before court where he confessed he indeed commited the crime.

He said he was tempted to steal since he is poor hence failure to purchase basic needs.

Owen hails from Chikwatu Village in the Area of Traditional Authority Mwambo in Zomba district.

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11 thoughts on “Student at Malawi College of Accountancy arrested for shoplifting at PTC-Metro:  Blames his poverty for theft”

  1. seuli wa chithira says:

    mukhululukileni abale

  2. Nyasa Times reporter (mtola nkhani/gossiper), the name itself and age was enough for identification of this person, other than describing him further by his academic life, what are you up to?

  3. Issa says:

    The president told you kuti mudzidya makoswe koma inu kusamva

  4. madala says:

    Nyasatimes tell me something are saying the guy can afford to pay MCA and not PTC? by the way did you guys confirmed from MCA management of this man’s studentship at the school or it is the confession he made in the court? i think the heading should read ”MAN ARRESTED FOR SHOPLIFTING AT PTC-metro: blames his poverty for theft.

  5. Mphondo Zagadabuka says:

    He is a habitual thief, how can one pinch all those items under pretext of being poor? He wanted to open a shop may be?

  6. joen says:

    Notice Board Please – Aggripa / Kalendo / Chirwa

  7. BUT WILL THE STOLEN POVERTY END HIS LONG TIME POVERTY?………………..WHAT IS THE POVERTY THAT HE IS IN ABSOLUTE? OR SUBJECTIVE>?…….BUT CULD THAT BE A JUSTIFICATION IN THE COURT OF LAW?…..I DONT KNO……..

  8. Kido says:

    Pepa mbale i understand you ngati tikuvutika ife a pa ntchito….pepa ndangokhala kutali ndikanalipila zimenezo. Koma dont do it again.

  9. Buyelekhaya says:

    He looks like a pathological shoplifter!

    1. CHITUTU PHIRI says:

      CONTRALLY TO YOUR
      PROFFESSION

    2. meat says:

      This is the type that when they get their accounting job they will steal with cashgate impunity. Dont give him an accounting job please.

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