Barely a week after Katuli police in Mangochi district arrested three notorious ex-convicts and recovered assorted stolen items, the same Police are hunting for two unknown criminals whom they burst but immediately bolted dumping a sack bag containing animal specimen believed to be elephant teeth.
Mangochi police public relations officer Amina Tepanu Daudi says The incident occurred on the night of September 11, 2021, at Mponda Village, Traditional Authority Katuli in the district.
Daudi says it is reported that officers were tipped by members of the community that two strangers were roaming around the said village on a motorcycle whilst carrying the bag.
“Detectives rushed to the area and intercepted the duo. Upon being stopped, the duo sped off into a nearby bush en route to Mozambique and dropped the bag which the pillion passenger carried on his head. After a thorough search in the bag, the officers found pieces of animal specimen believed to be elephant teeth,” Daudi says.
Meanwhile, National Parks and Wildlife Department has been informed for identification and Police are still on the ground to arrest the suspects.
Police in the district wishes to thank members of the public for their continued support in the fight against wildlife crimes.