Police in southern district of Thyolo last week recovered a stolen vehicle after they launched a mouse and cut chase with three armed and masked robbers.
The incident occurred along the Thyolo -Makwasa Road after a police vehicle on patrol became suspicious with the stolen vehicle that had three passengers on board all of them wearing masks.
The Toyota Corolla stolen vehicle, registration number CZ 3365, belongs to Gerald Chirombo of Blantyre who has since reclaimed it, according to police.
According to police investigations, the vehicle was stolen in the commercial town of Limbe on November 5th and was reportedly used in another car theft within Blantyre city.
Thyolo Police Spokesperson, Edith Likaka, said police officers on routine night patrol noticed a suspicious vehicle early morning Tuesday and as they drove close to it they saw three masked men.
She said after the robbers noticed that the vehicle belonged to police they started speeding off.
“The robbers drove so fast heading towards Makwasa but the police chased them until they abandoned the vehicle and escaped into tea bushes,” she said, adding that the car had a tyre burst that forced it the robbers to abandon it.
The police spokesperson also said upon searching the stolen vehicle, police found three masks.
She said police have since launched a man hunt for the culprits also suspected to have been responsible for the theft of another car in Blantyre after their police counterparts in the city identified the recovered vehicle as being the one used in the theft of the other which has not yet been recovered.