The exotic flip-flop robber who made it to the headlines: "Crime in Maputo"
Screen grab: Miramar
The Port of Maputo has confirmed the veracity of images circulating on social networks recording the theft of parts from vehicles imported from Japan, and on Friday issued a statement saying that investigations were underway, O País reports.
In the amateur video which appeared on social media on Wednesday, uniformed individuals are seen going from car to car using tools to remove accessories. The images show the moment when one of a car’s wheels is removed and hidden in a team action.
O Porto de #Maputo confirma que o video em anexo sobre roubo de peças de viaturas importadas foi mesmo mesmo filmado ontem lá e informa que dos indivíduos envolvidos pelo menos cinco já estão a contas com a Polícia. #Mocambiquepic.twitter.com/IbNrxK8QpZ
— Alexandre (@AllexandreMZ) October 10, 2019
It is these individuals who are responsible for the ‘modifications’ suffered by vehicles imported from Japan, which arrive in Mozambique with certain characteristics but later acquire others, to the detriment of customs brokers.
The Port of Maputo’s Friday press release confirms the veracity of the images and attributes the sabotage of vehicles to some workers, but stresses that the stolen parts never made it out of the container terminal where the video was filmed thanks to security intervention at the scene.
Source: O País / Miramar
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