A 30 year old Financial Accounting student at Malawi College of Accountancy (MCA)-Blantyre Campus was on Tuesday afternoon arrested by the police after he was caught stealing assorted items from Balaka PTC-Metro Shop.
Balaka Police Public Relations Officer (PRO) Constable Gerald Sumaili identified the suspect as Victor Owen.
Sumaili said at around 2:00pm on Tuesday, Owen entered into Metro shop and took various items including Vaseline Body Lotion, tablets of soap, packets of Kamba and milk among others valued at K22, 075 and attempted to go out withou paying.
“He hid most of these items in his jacket he wore and he tried to get out of the shop without paying. The moment he was making his last steps out of the shop, one of the workers noticed and attempted to stop him.
“The suspect tried to run away but was caught by police officers who rushed to the scene since the shop is just few meters away from Balaka police” explained Constable Sumaili .
He said the suspect was also found with a bag he had kept at a nearby place suspected to have again been stollen from one of the shops in Balaka.
The suspect straight away appeared before court where he confessed he indeed commited the crime.
He said he was tempted to steal since he is poor hence failure to purchase basic needs.
Owen hails from Chikwatu Village in the Area of Traditional Authority Mwambo in Zomba district.