By ALVIN CHIINGA
POLICE in Lusaka have arrested 10 suspected criminals after thwarting a broad daylight theft of maize worth K42,000 at the Food Reserve Agency (FRA) Dyaz storage shed in the heavy industrial area.
Police surrounded and raided Dyaz storage shed around midday yesterday and arrested the suspects who attempted to steal 800 bags of maize after security guards on duty reported the matter. Lusaka Province commissioner of police Lemmy Kajoba said the suspects are detained at Lusaka Central Police Station.
â€œYes I can confirm that we arrested 10 â€˜charactersâ€™ who broke into an FRA shed and started loading maize onto a truck,â€ Mr Kajoba said.
The suspects loaded the maize onto a truck registration number LA 4410 belonging to Lizulu Timbers of Malawi, which was being driven by a Malawian driver identified as Chimwemwe Chimwaza.
Mubita Munengu, a guard at the storage shed, narrated how the suspects allegedly promised to give him and his colleague some money if they agreed to help them enter the facility.
Mr Munengu said he and his colleague agreed to â€œhelpâ€ the suspects but they later reported the matter to their supervisor who called the police.
FRA public relations officer Daniel Msoka said shortly after the operation that police received information from the two security guards that the suspects promised to give them K10,000 each before police officers surrounded the shed.
Mr Msoka said the suspects told police that they intended to sell the maize to a Lusaka-based milling company.
He warned that the law will not spare individuals found stealing maize from FRA sheds.
Mr Msoka said undercover police officers apprehended the suspects after they loaded several bags of maize onto the truck.
He is concerned that FRA has been losing a lot of maize through thefts.