Cop nabbed in foiled armed robbery



MASERU – A police constable and a civilian accomplice were this morning arrested following a failed armed robbery between Mahlabatheng and St Michael’s Roman Catholic Mission, along the road to Roma, some 34km southeast of the capital, Maseru.

According to reports the two had mounted a bogus police roadblock on this road with one wearing a Lesotho Mounted Police Service (LMPS) reflector jacket.

They flagged down a vehicle belonging to a Pakistani national.

They then attempted to rob the Pakistani threatening him with a gun, but reports indicate that the would-be victim fought back, overpowered his two criminals and seized the gun then the assailant fled.

LMPS spokesperson, Superintendent Mpiti Mopeli, confirmed the incident through the media today, also confirming that one of the arrested suspects in the crime that took place at around 10:30hrs was a police officer.

“A preliminary report indicates that the police officer is a member of the LMPS stationed at the Lithoteng Police Station, in Maseru, and was supposed to be on duty when this crime took place,” he told a local radio station.

Mopeli further revealed that a third suspect managed to flee the scene driving a Honda Fit which is suspected to belong to the detained policeman. He appealed to the public to alert the police when they see the vehicle.

The Pakistani had M9 300 in his possession.

Both suspects are in police custody at Roma Police Station.

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