Police in Chingola have arrested a fellow officer for stealing an AK 47 assault rifle from the police armoury.

According to police, the said AK47 assault rifle is valued at K105,995.

Copperbelt Police Commissioner Charity Katanga named the officer as Constable Haggai Namauna 28, of Chingola Central Police.

Katanga also identified the stolen assault rifle as having serial No.CT3362.

She said the unloaded rifle went missing between March 12, 2019 around 07:00 hours and November 7, 2019.

“The Armoury Officer in-charge, Mabvuto Phiri, had reported the missing of an AK47 from the armoury but there was no clue until Namauna was heard wanting to find a buyer for the gun,” Katanga said.

“Police officers then went to search his house where they found the AK47 under his mattress with alterations such as the cutting of the buttstock.”

She said the accused was arrested, charged with one count of theft by public servant and later released on police bond.

Katanga said Namauna will appear in court today, Thursday November 21, 2019.