Police in Mkushi district have intercepted a track laden with 28 tonnes of copper which was suspected to have been stolen from Democratic Republic of Congo and was destined for Tanzania.
And the suspected copper thieves, who almost got away with a track of pure copper, have all escaped except a driver and his lorry boy.
A heavily armed gang of thieves escaped into a bush at Nyafi area in Mkushi and abandoned two trucks, one loaded with copper and another in the bush which was supposedly carrying the copper from Congo.
The suspects allegedly swapped the commodity from a Tanzanian truck registration number T548 BLA belonging to Imara Express Limited of Dar-es-salaam into a Zambian Scania truck registration number ACR 4360 belonging to Amageory Enterprises Limited of Kitwe.
Kapiri Mposhi police officer commanding Nyambe Njekwa was found with officers at the scene
Mr. Njekwa he got a tip off from members of the public that some suspected thieves were offloading copper in the bush.
He said police invested the matter after receiving a report from Congo last Thursday that there was a missing truck loaded with copper destined for Tanzania.
He said thieves were tracking the truck of the copper belonged to Impala Africa until they pounced on it and started loading onto another track so that they could divert it to an unknown destination.
A ZANIS News Crew which rushed to the scene found pure copper being loaded onto a Zambia truck while some more copper was still in the bush, 200 metres from Mkushi-Kapiri Mposhi main road.
The truck loaded with copper was found stuck in the mud near the road while the abandoned empty truck was still in the bush.
And the driver of the Tanzanian truck has been detained at Mkushi police station while his lorry boy is in hospital after alleged being poisoned.
And Transport, Works, Supply and Communication Deputy Minister Panji Kaunda, who visited the scene, commended police for swiftly responding after a tip off from the members of the public.