A 27-year-old man identified as Macdonald Baluti is in custody at Monkey Bay Police Station on suspicion that he vandalised and stole MTL cables worth K300,000.
Monkey Bay Police Spokesperson Alice Sichali said the incident happened on November 30, 2022 around at Chindongo Village.
Baluti is alleged to have committed the offence together with two other people who are still at large.
Sichali said initially when they were found in a garden by a villager, the three suspects claimed that they were MTL personnel and that they wanted to put a beacon in a certain garden.
The villager informed community policing members who arrested Baluti while the other suspects escaped.
Meanwhile, investigations are underway to arrest his accomplices.
Police in the district have commended members of the public for their support in the fight against crime.
Baluti hails from Chasesa Village in the area of Traditional Authority Mlauli in Neno District.