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Zim driver arrested after failing to substantiate his copper theft report in Zambia

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A South African based Zimbabwean truck driver has been detained in Zambia following a report he made about thieves armed with a pistol stealing the copper concentrate he was transporting.

Police spokesperson Rae Hamoonga said Wadzanayi Mugore aged 43 reported that he was attacked by three men armed with a pistol and subsequently stole the truck laden with copper concentrate.

“Police at Lusaka Central Police are investigating a case of Theft of Goods in Transit which was earlier reported on July 28,2022 around 20:00 hours as an aggravated robbery at Matero Police Station by Mugore aged 43 a Zimbabwean truck driver who was driving a Daf truck registration number GP JP 32 SR GP white in colour,” he said.

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Mr Hamoonga said police officers made a follow up and interviewed the driver who could not substantiate his report.

He said, later a truck was recovered abandoned around Ngwerere roundabout loaded with black soil while the copper concentrate was later found in a yard around nine miles.

Read also: Cops recover hijacked truck and stolen copper cables, nab suspect in Gqeberha

“Police have since detained the driver and two guards who were at the yard where the copper concentrate was found,” he said.

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Mr Hamoonga said the value of the copper concentrate and details of the owner are yet to be ascertained.

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