Copper theft suspects arrested, police impound trucks

Police in Solwezi have impounded three Volvo trucks all being driven by Somali nationals carrying over 70 tonnes of copper ore believed to have been stolen.

North-Western province Police Commissioner Eugene Sibote said the Volvo trucks registration numbers ACG 8610-ACG 337T, driven by Saidi Mohammed 56, and ACP 332-ACM 2541T driven by Abdulai Mohammed 25, were intercepted over the weekend along Solwezi-Kipushi border road. The other Volvo track registration number ACP 3903-AAH 1536T  driven by Abibi Assan aged 49 was carrying copper ore which was concealed in scrap metal.

Sibote also disclosed that the three transporters have been operating without legal documents and said it is believed that the three Volvo trucks while carrying the copper ore did not pass through the Kipushi border point and this prompted the police to impound them.

And in a related development police in Solwezi have arrested three people of Mufumbwe district for being in possession of copper ore believed to have been stolen from Kalengwa mine and have impounded a Truck registration number ALH 4161 that was used to carry the contraband.

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