By ABIGAIL CHIYENI –
A TWENTY THREE-YEAR-OLD Kitwe youth on Friday night caused a stir after he allegedly broke into Shoprite in the city centre and started sampling a variety of foods.
The suspect of Wusakile Township broke the glass door using a stone to gain entry and immediately went berserk eating whatever could catch his eye.
Copperbelt Police chief Charity Katanga, who confirmed the incident, identified the suspect as Daniel Chanda and that the incident happened around 22:30 hours.
Ms Katanga said the suspect had been charged with breaking into a building and committing a felony.
Ms Katanga said the suspect hit the door three times using a stone and that at the time he was apprehended by a team of police officers, he was found drinking milk from a one-litre container.
The police chief said the suspect ate some biscuits and damaged a bottle of one peanut butter, mayonnaise and two loaves of bread.
The total value for the goods was estimated at K59. The suspect has been held in custody.
An eye witnesses praised police officers who were on foot patrol for their quick response which avoided looting of the shop.
Scorers of people besieged the shop to have a gipsy of the suspect, who was inside. He was reported to have eaten an apple and yogurt.
Some people attributed Chanda’s action to hunger.
Meanwhile, opening of the Shoprite was delayed yesterday as a team of police officers sealed off the crime scene while employees were asked to wait outside. The shop re-opened two hours late.