Rumphi police nabs hardcore criminals

Police in Rumphi have arrested three hardcore criminals who have been behind a series of burglarly and robbery cases at Rumphi boma and the surrounding areas.

Rumphi Police station spokeperson Victor Khamisi confirmed the development in an interview on Monday saying the criminals have been terrorising the Boma especially during the festive season.

He said the three criminals are; Goodwell Well 25 from Chigwere Village, T/A Chikulamayembe, Rumphi, Paul Banda 23 from Makuluni village, T/A Chikowi in Zomba and Josephy Tembo 22, from Dimwa village, T/A Mtwalo in Mzimba district.

Khamisi: Police spokesman for Rumphi

Khamisi said the police worked on a tip from members of the public that the suspects were harboring in a dilapidated building near Nyika private secondary school in the district.

He said when the police had visited the area they found the three suspects and a vehicle, a Toyota Collora registration number 3630 which they were using in transporting the stolen properties to Mzuzu for selling.

The PRO said the suspects led them to Mzuzu in Nkholongo and Luwinga areas where assorted electrical items were recovered.

The items include TV screens, radios, home theatres, amplifiers, decoders and bicycles among others.

“We also recovered a military kit which we believe was being used for armed robberies,” said Khamisi.

According to Khamisi, one of the arrested suspects Paul Banda is a herbalist who was using his charms to make victims fall in deep slumber before they could pounce on their houses and steal properties.

“The herbalist could spell the charms on the victim’s houses, making the owners fall into deep slumber before the other thugs could come and steal the items. The owners of the houses could wake up onlly after the suspects have gone,” he said.

Meanwhile the PRO said the police are still searching for two other members of the gang who are on the run.

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