Man arrested for stealing K0.9m laptops at Malawi High Court

Police in commercial city of Blantyre are keeping in custody 25 year-old Vincent Namponya from Kayoya village, Traditional Authority Mpang’ombe in Malawi’s central district of Ntchisi district for allegedly stealing two HP laptop computers valued K900,000.

Naponya was arrested on July 11, 2013 after he was found in possession of the stolen gadgets, according to Blantyre Police Publicist Lameck Thembachako.

The suspect has been charged of breaking into a Building and Committing Felony therein and found in Possession of Property Suspected to have been stolen.

Blantyre High Court System Analyst, Nadi Chiweta told Blantyre Police that on June 10, 2013 he knocked off at about 15:00hours and left two HP laptop computers in a locked office.

Thembachako: Police arrest suspect
Thembachako: Police arrest suspect

The following day, he reported for duties and found that two HP laptops were missing, but the door was still intact.

After questioning the security guard, Geoffrey Victor Chikopa, it was transpired that the suspect was seen walking out of the said office with lap top bag with him.

“The security guard told the complainant that the suspected criminal whom he thought was one of the High Court staffs greeted him at around 17:30hours and entered into the office by opening with a key.

“After few minutes later, the suspect said goodbye to him (security guard) whilst carrying a bag. The guard did not suspect anything criminal considering that Vincent Namponya is not a new face at the High Court and thought that the suspect had come to do some work,” said Thembachako.

Apparently, the suspect has always been seen with the complainant at the High Court premises.

After visiting the office, police discovered the door was opened using a duplicate key.

The law enforcers traced the whereabouts of the suspect before arresting him arrested on June 11, 2013 whilst in possession of the two suspected stolen laptop computers.

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