THREE suspected dangerous criminals have been arrested in Lusaka in connection with a string of robberies.
Police have, meanwhile, recovered an assortment of goods worth more than K325,000.
The trio has been charged with eight counts of burglary and is currently in police custody after a raid that resulted in the recovery of various goods, including a motor vehicle which is suspected to have been used in the crime.
Police have also recovered an AK-47 rifle and a Toyota Spacio car used to stage a robbery at Puma Filling Station near Chainama on the Great East Road but was abandoned after an exchange of heavy gunfire with the police.
The recovered goods were yesterday displayed at Chelstone and Simon Mwansa Kapwepwe police posts.
Police deputy spokesperson Rae Hamoonga said apart from the Toyota Spacio registration number ABD 6551, an AK-47 rifle was also recovered in the operations.
Mr Hamoonga said the goods were recovered in a house in Kanyama Township.
Apart from a gun and the car, police retrieved television sets, sofas, curtains, mattresses, fridges and phones.
The police have been conducting operations between January and May in a bid to quash the increasing reports of theft in some parts of the city.
“We managed to trace them through a phone they had stolen which made it easy for us to locate their actual destination and in the process they revealed where their colleagues were,” Mr Hamoonga said.
Mr Hamoonga urged people in Chelstone and Salama Park to come forward and identify their items so that the culprits could be slapped with more charges.
He vowed that the police would not rest and sit back until all criminals in Lusaka were wiped out to bring sanity to the city.
Mr Hamoonga urged residents of Salama Park to avoid using sliding doors because they were easy targets for thieves and criminals.
Meanwhile, 14 juveniles and two adults of Lusaka’s Kanyama Township have been arrested in connection with a sex scandal where the teenagers are said to have been having sex in a hired house.
Police have also arrested two adults – one of them a woman believed to be in her 50s – for facilitating the sex sessions by allegedly offering her house to be used at a fee by the teenagers.
Judith Mwale and Gift Moonga, who were found at the hired house, are said to have been collecting K30 per couple over night.
Lusaka Province Police Commissioner Charity Katanga said police busted the scam yesterday morning after receiving reports from the public.
“So the officers went there at night and they found the teenagers in the act before arresting them together with the two adults who were found at the house,” Ms Katanga said.
Among those arrested are five boys aged between 17 and 18 as well as nine girls aged between 15 and 17. Three of the girls are aged 15 while two were aged 16.
Those that have been arrested are currently detained at Kanyama Police Station.
Times of Zambia