Mlawi Police Service in Blantyre have arrested Ndirande based businessman Ali Paseli alongside two Group Four-G4 Security guards on suspicion that they connived and stole 481 boxes of house tiles from Cross Roads Hotel in Blantyre currently under construction.
Blantyre police Assistant Public Relations officer Andrew Mayawo said on Monday that Paseli connived with two G4 guards namely, Abel Chisonkha and John Maumary.
“What happened was that on the night of Sunday around 2 am robbers invaded Cross Roads Hotel which is being constructed and went away with 481 boxes of tiles of different sizes valued at K4 million.
“On the same day we received a report on the matter and our Criminal Investigation Department mounted on investigations which first led to the arrest of two guards.
“The guards said the move was from Ndirande based Ali Paseli who police later arrested and now they are in our custody,” said Mayawo.
Mayawo added that investigations were on course and predicted more arrests.
He said the robbers used grinders and welding machines to break into the room where the tiles were being kept.
“We are yet to trace the vehicle they used to take the tiles from the place but so far we have recovered 145 boxes of tiles.
“Paseli alongside G4 guards have been charged with breaking into the building and commit felony therein contrary to section 311 of the penal code,” added Mayawo.
Aged 47, Paseli hails from Mtuluko Village, Traditional Authority Jalasi in Mangochi district while Abel Chisonkha aged 25 and John Maumary aged 32 hails from Maluwale Village, Traditional Authority Mabuka in Mulanje and Chavala Village, Traditinal Authoriy Kasisi in Chikwawa district respectively.