By ‘Mantoetse Maama
MASERU — Two men aged 29 and 33 were arrested this week for their alleged involvement in several housebreaking incidents where property worth over M100 000 was stolen.
According to police, a recurring trend of housebreaking incidents was reported in the Thetsane area.
Following the reports, the police in partnership with crime prevention committees and villagers from Ha Tsolo, conducted extensive investigations which resulted in the identification of two suspects who were subsequently arrested.
Police spokesperson, Lebona Mohloboli, said the suspects mainly targeted residences of factory workers.
“The suspects were renting different houses where they kept the stolen properties from different people. When they broke into a house they would steal all the property in the house leaving it empty,” Mohloboli said.
“A lot of the people have on different occasions reported their properties stolen and their houses left empty, while in other cases only one item would be stolen,” he said.
According to Mohloboli, the suspects pretended to stay in the said locations.
“It is suspected that the suspects went to the houses during the day when owners were at work while in some cases they would break in at night when owners were on vacations,” he said.
After the suspects were caught they took police to the different locations where the loot was being kept, and many residents present were already identifying their stolen properties.
Further investigations into the house breaks are continuing while a man-hunt has been launched for the third suspect who is reportedly at large.