Balaka police intercept riffle, two robbers netted

By Ebenezer

Police in Balaka have intercepted a pump gun riffle with seventeen live bullets and arrested two suspects in connection to the matter.

The incident occurred on August 21, 2020 around 21:30 hours at Andiamo location within Balaka Township.

Blessings Banda, 44, owner of OPS General Dealers in Balaka says a group of five unknown criminals armed with panga knives entered into his servant’s house where they tied the servant and forced him to knock on his (reporter’s) door for their entry.

The suspects further tied the reporter’s hands and legs before robbing him K235,000 cash, a pump gun rifle with seventeen live bullets which they used to threaten him,
six laptops and eight assorted cellphones, all worthy about K3.4 million.

After receiving the matter, police rushed to the scene where they arrested the two suspects for robbery with violence, and the other three immediately bolted, abandoning the rifle.

Meanwhile, the pump gun riffle has been intercepted and two laptops have been recovered. Investigations are underway to arrest the other culprits.

Kantokoma comes from Mbwatalika Village, Traditional Authority Mbwatalika in Lilongwe whereas Maxwell Banda hails from Dzunje in Traditional Authority Kwataine in Ntcheu.

Inspector Felix Misomali,
PRO, Balaka Police Station.

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