5 in police custody for stealing cellphones at Sand Music Festival

By Chisomo Phiri

Malawi Police in Mangochi are keeping in custody five muscled men for allegedly stealing cellphones from some people who patronized the recent Sand Music Festival in the tourist destination district.

The suspects are Edward Austin, Cidreck Chilembwe, Yusuf Stambuli, Aron Phiri and Yamikani Moffat all from Lilongwe.

According to Mangochi Police Spokesperson, Amina Tepani Daudi, the five used a Blue Toyota Corolla Saloon and posed as guests at one of the resthouses within the township.

“They left their motor vehicle at the premises and commuted to the event with the sole intention of stealing cellphones,” says Daudi.

She says police records indicate that cellphones were reported stolen during the event; prompting the police to launch an investigation.

Adds Daudi: “Upon searching the room they had booked, the police recovered 20 cellphones, including three iPhones, four Samsung phones, two Redmi phones, six Tecno phones, one Huawei, one Honor cellphone, TNM Mpamba phone, and two small Itel cellphones.”

Meanwhile, the five suspects have confessed to committing the offence, and investigations are on-going to recover the remaining cellphones.