POLICE in Ndola have arrested four notorious Lusaka criminals, among them a 28-year-old woman, robbing a businessman out of over K130,000 at gun point.
Copperbelt commissioner of police Elias Chushi confirmed this in a statement, saying the aggravated robbery took place around 13:00 hours on Tuesday in the industrial area in Masala.
Chushi said Francis Kunda, 34, of Shinde Street Town Centre in Ndola reported that while driving a Toyota Hilux black in colour, registration number BAA 2877, he was attacked by the four criminals who were armed with a pistol, and stole cash from him amounting to K132,048.
Chushi named the criminals as Charles Lunga 45 of unmarked house in Matero, Norman Nguni 47 of house number 1126 Chunga, Lusaka, Msimanga, 48, of house number 161 in Matero and Ethel Lyambai, 28, of house number 1772, Muchinga Road, in Chunga, Lusaka.
Chushi explained that Kunda was sent by his employer to FNB Bank in town to withdraw money to pay workers at the company Farm.
He said after Kunda withdrew K132,048, he was heading to the industrial area in Masala to pay the farmers when he noticed a Toyota Allion trailing him.
“He decided to park his car at Industrial Post Office and went to address the Farmers. It was at this moment that one criminal got out of their car, went and broke the left front passenger window and got a bag containing money,” Chushi said.
He said when people saw what was happening, they shouted while the criminals rushed into their car, Toyota Allion Registration number ADE 722, and sped off.
He said when Kunda and other good samaritans gave chase, the criminals lost control and hit into a stationery truck along Ndola-Kabwe Road.
Chushi said the four criminals were apprehended but one managed to escape.
He said a plastic bag containing money was found in their possession.
“The Anti-Robbery Team was activated and rushed to the scene, and brought criminals and the damaged vehicle to Ndola Central Police station where they are detained,” Chushi said.
He said further inspection on the damaged motor vehicle revealed that its correct number plate is AIB 5414, and not the fake number ADE 722 which was on the car.