Car thieves go on rampage


By Nation Reporter

A MANHUNT for criminals who are on rampage stealing motor vehicles has been launched and the Zambia Police has since urged members of the public to be security conscious.

In a statement issued yesterday, police public relations officer Esther Katongo said that a motor vehicle, Toyota Corolla, white in colour registration number ACK 6387 was stolen on Friday about 19:00 hours at a bar in Shimabala area in Kafue District.

Ms Katongo said that the incident happened after the driver of the said motor vehicle which was being operated as a taxi was booked by a man from Kafue town to Shimabala area.

She said that after reaching Shimabala, the criminal sent the driver to go and buy him some beers from one of the bars in the area and on his way back, he discovered that the criminal had sped off with the motor vehicle valued at K23, 000.

“Investigations have been instituted in the matter. We urge members of the public to be security conscious as criminals were using different tricks to steal from unsuspecting members of the public,” she said.

In a similar incidence, another motor vehicle, which was also operated as a taxi, was stolen between 22:00 hours and 23:00 hours near ZIPAS in Lusaka.

The criminals who were three in number had booked the motor vehicle from ‘Lazy men’s’ pub in Chilenje to CC night club situated on Kafue road.

But that upon reaching ZIPAS area, the driver was dragged from the driver’s seat into the back seat, blind folded him and later dumped in John Laing.

The motor vehicle is valued at K 35,000 and investigations have since been instituted.