Police in Blantyre are keeping in custody a second year student from the Malawi Polytechnic, a constituent college of the University of Malawi (UNIMA), for allegedly breaking into a Malawi College of Accountancy (MCA) hostel where he stole a laptop and cash.
The suspected student, Steven Njobvu, is reported to have committed the crime on the night of 6 August , 2012 at around 23:00hrs.
Blantyre Police Assistant Public Relations Officer, Lameck Thembachako, confirmed to Nyasa Times the arrest of Njobvu who hails from Traditional Authority Nkalo in Chiradzulu District.
“The student was arrested for breaking into the hostels of Malawi College of Accountancy (MCA) where he stole an HP laptop computer and K5 000 cash on August 6, 2012,” the police spokesperson said.
The HP laptop belongs to 23-year-old MCA student, Roy Mbawala, but was allegedly stolen while in the room of his friend, Francis Kapalamula.
The victim told police in his statement he discovered that his laptop was missing around 23:00hrs when Kapalamula’s roommate, Edward Sibale, wanted to use it.
Thembachako said apart from the laptop which is worth K265 000, the suspect is also believed to have stolen a wallet containing K5 000 cash.
After interrogation by police, the suspected student thief admitted to have stolen the laptop and returned it to the owner but refused any knowledge of the cash.
According to Thembachako, the student was arrested after Mbawala reported the matter to Blantyre Police.
The 21year old suspect is expected to appear before the Blantyre Magistrate Court anytime soon to answer charge of theft.