• The suspect identified as John Vwalika is believed to be a co-driver for Great Lakes Freight and Transport Company.
• Police received a report of Theft of Goods in Transit.
• A Sino truck carrying 30 tonnes of Copper Cathodes valued at US$200, 000 enroute to Mozambique was diverted to Silverest area.
Police in Lusaka have apprehended a 32-year-old man of Chimwemwe Township in Kitwe in connection with the theft of Copper Cathodes worth US$200, 000.
Deputy Police Spokesperson Danny Mwale identified the suspect as John Vwalika, believed to be a co-driver for Great Lakes Freight and Transport Company.
Mr. Mwale explained that Police received a report of Theft of Goods in Transit were a Sino truck registration number AAL 041SF carrying 30 tonnes of Copper Cathodes property of Trammo DMCC of Mozambique valued at US$200, 000 enroute to Mozambique was diverted to unknown destination in Silverest area.
He said Police were tipped by a member of the public that there was copper which was being offloaded into another truck in Silverest area of Chongwe District on Wednesday 18th January. 2023.
“Police rushed to the scene and intercepted a Howo Tipper truck registration number BCB 1845 loaded with suspected stolen Copper Cathodes. The truck was intercepted on January 18, 2023 around 16:40 hours as it was joining the Great East Road. The driver of the truck identified as Oliveira Vicente Jemusse escaped upon seeing Police officers abandoning the co-driver and the truck,” Mr. Mwale revealed.
He added that Police apprehended the co-driver and recovered the Copper Cathodes, while the Howo truck has been impounded.
“Investigations into the matter and a manhunt for the Mozambican driver has been launched,” he added.