Criminals in Mangochi district on Wednesday failed to steal cash amounting to K4.3 million as they could not manage to break open a cash chest, police have confirmed.
The unknown criminals in the wee hours of Wednesday (August 16, 2015) broke into Airtel Shop at Safari Filling Station and stole airtime top-up vouchers worth K2.1 million but could not manage to open the cash chest containing money amounting to K4.3 million.
National police deputy Public Relations Officer, Nicholas Gondwa told Nyasa Times, the yet-to-be identified criminals tied guards on duty before breaking into the shop.
“They tied the guards on both hands and legs; they made away with airtime top-up vouchers and the cash chest. They used a wheelbarrow that was behind the shop to carry the cash chest up to the Shire river bank,” explained Gondwa.
The criminals, Gondwa said, abandoned the cash chest after failing to break it.
“Some children trapping birds along the river bank noticed the wheelbarrow with the cash chest and reported to their parents who later informed the police”.
Meanwhile, the law-enforcers are hunting for the criminals and have advised business people and communities in the district not to buy the stolen airtime top-up to avoid being linked to the crime.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :