Police in Ntcheu this week on Monday arrested five people for suspected burglary and robbery and recovered various items believed to have been stolen.
Ntcheu Police Deputy Spokesperson, Rebecca Kwisongole, said the group which called themselves “B13 Alshabab” has been terrorizing Ntcheu since January this year (2019).
Kwisongole told Malawi News Agency that from January, 2019, the district has been recording a series of robberies which she said made police to conduct investigations.
“Last Friday, on 21st September, a well wisher tipped the police that there was a group of robbers that robbed some people’s property during that night.
We started investigating the matter and we arrested one person who started mentioning his friends,” she said.
Kwisongole said police arrested five people in connection with the robberies and recovered various items in the process.
“Our investigation revealed that the suspects were ex-convicts that served jail terms in prisons. The robbers have been posing as police officers to steal,” she said.
The robbers have been breaking houses, and cutting roofs of shops and houses in their act.
The recovered items included motor cycles, amplifiers, clothes, speakers, sets of computers and salon accessories, among others.
Police did not disclose names of the suspects for fear of jeopardising investigations on the matter.