21 May 2016

Tanzania: Man Arrested in Connection With Tanzanite Theft

Police in Manyara Region have arrested a worker of TanzaniteOne, mining company based in Mererani Township in Simanjiro District allegedly for stealing two packets of Tanzanite.

The value of the gemstones had not been revealed by the time we went to press.

A worker of Asian origin, but his name still withheld was arrested on Sunday, 15th this year for allegedly stealing gemstones. He spent the night in custody at the Mererani Police Station while his relatives were looking into the possibility of bailing him out.

One of the workers, who preferred anonymity, said that the suspect was arrested by guards of the company after finding that he had pocketed gems.

He said the worker was representing one of the investors of the company which has three shareholders.

The Public Relations Officer of the Company, Mr. Halfani Hayeshi while commenting on the incident, admitted the occurrence, but claimed that he had no adequate details of the matter until he returns to Mererani from Arusha.

"I am a bit far, but what I can say is that the incident happened and the suspect has been arrested by our security people as they do to other offenders," said Mr. Hayeshi.

Manyara Regional Police Commander, Mr. Francis Massawe confirmed the arrest of the suspect and they were continuing with the investigation of the incident.


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