The suspect identified as John Vwalika is believed to be a co-driver for Great Lakes Freight and Transport Company.
Police recieved a report of Theft of Goods in Transit were a Sino truck registration number AAL 041SF carrying 30 tonnes of Copper Cathodes property of Trammo DMCC of Mozambique valued at US 200, 000 enroute to Mozambique was diverted to unknown destination in Silverest area.
Following the report, Police were tipped by a member of the public that there was copper which was been offloaded into another truck in Silverest area of Chongwe District.
Police rushed to the scene and intercepted a Howo Tipper truck registration number BCB 1845 loaded with suspected stolen Copper Cathodes. The truck was intercepted on January 18, 2023 around 16:40 hours as it was joining the Great East Road.
The driver of the truck identified as Oliveira Vicente Jemusse escaped upon seeing Police officers abandoning the co-driver and the truck.
Police apprehended John Vwalika (co-driver) and recovered the Copper Cathodes. The Howo truck has been impounded.
Investigations into the matter and a manhunt for the Mozambican driver has been launched.