Cop nabbed in K1.7m copper theft

COPPER cathodes.

POLICE in Chingola and Chililabombwe have arrested a police officer, a foreigner and six locals for allegedly staging a robbery and stealing about 35 tonnes of copper cathodes valued at US$178,108 (about K1.7 million).
Copperbelt commissioner of police Charity Katanga said a truck valued at K450,000 was recovered in Kapiri Mposhi last Thursday.
Mrs Katanga said the suspected copper thieves were cornered yesterday in Chililabombwe where they had planned to stage another robbery.
“One of them was in a khaki police uniform with a white belt for a traffic officer and a taser, impersonating a police officer” she said.
Mrs Katanga said a foreigner, Quao Xunli, 28, a businessman and a police officer Kapembwa Kakungu, 20, both of Chingola, have also been arrested.
Others arrested are Davies Kapala, 35, of Chiwempala in Chingola, John Mwanza, 25, of Kasumbalesa and Joshua Mulungu, 25, of Chililabombwe.
The rest are Teddy Chisha, 47, a business consultant resident in South Africa, Davy Sakala, 31, and Prince Chafilwa, 28, both of no fixed abode.
“A police officer has been arrested to help with investigations,” she said.
Mrs Katanga said on January 6, drivers of a Scania truck registration number 746 AWUC T407 were attacked by six people along Chingola-Chililabombwe road around 13:00 hours.
Mrs Katanga said the drivers were stopped by a person impersonating a police traffic officer.
“The truck was stopped and the driver and the lorry boy ordered to see their ‘boss’ who was in the car parked on the roadside, but they found five people who, blinded-folded them and left them tied in the bush,” he said.
Mrs Katanga said the duo managed to untie themselves later in the evening and reported the matter to police.

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