Police arrest two over church robbery

Police in Blantyre have arrested two people in connection with the robbery that occurred at Chirimba Assemblies of God Church in Blantyre last week during overnight players.

Police have also recovered some of the stolen items, including two mobile phones, a laptop bag with a built-in power bank for projector and seven pieces of wrappers (zitenje) which church members have since identified.

The suspects and some of the recovered items

In an interview yesterday, Blantyre Police Station spokesperson Augustus Nkhwazi identified the suspects as Patrick Tauzi, 30, a Ndirande resident and Anafi Jango 32, who resides at Nkando Trading Centre in Mulanje. Both are ex-convicts from Chichiri Prison.

He said apart from items from church members, the suspects were also found in possession of other assorted items suspected to have been stolen.

Said Nkhwazi: We have also recovered other items such as three laptops, two plasma television sets, DVD players, laptop bags just to mention but a few. But some items have been identified by victims of the robbery at the church”.

In a separate interview on Monday, Chirimba Assemblies of God pastor Steven Makupe confirmed that some of the stolen items were identified by church members.

He noted that many items such as over 32 mobile phones and three laptops have not been recovered.

Tauzi comes from Kuminga Village, Traditional Authority (T/A) Makwangwala in Ntcheu while Jango comes from Njerenje Village, T/A Nsamala in Balaka.

The two are expected to appear before court this week to answer charges of theft.

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