PO­LICE BLITZ NETS 210

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PO­LICE in Bu­l­awayo ar­rested 210 sus­pects in just two days this week in con­nec­tion with a se­ries of theft cases that rocked the city re­cently.

De­tec­tives re­cov­ered stolen prop­erty worth thou­sands of dol­lars be­tween Mon­day and Tues­day.

The 210 were ar­rested fol­low­ing a sting op­er­a­tion to curb theft from ve­hi­cles, un­law­ful en­try and plain rob­beries among other crimes.

The of­fi­cer com­mand­ing crime pre­ven­tion in Bu­l­awayo, Chief Su­per­in­ten­dent Mar­shal Dube, headed the op­er­a­tion.

Yes­ter­day, act­ing Bu­l­awayo po­lice spokesper­son As­sis­tant In­spec­tor Abed­nico Ncube said the ar­rested sus­pects are linked to the re­cov­ered prop­erty.

“We’ve ar­rested at least 210 sus­pects in con­nec­tion with var­i­ous of­fences dur­ing an op­er­a­tion to stop un­law­ful en­try and plain rob­beries.

“We’ve also re­cov­ered a wide range of stolen prop­erty which in­cludes elec­tri­cal gad­gets, lap­tops, cell­phones, tele­vi­sion sets, re­frig­er­a­tors, ve­hi­cle wheels with reams and ra­dios,” said Asst Insp Ncube.

He said po­lice re­cov­ered some of the stolen prop­erty from in­for­mal traders.

Ass Insp Ncube warned mem­bers of the pub­lic against buy­ing goods from in­for­mal traders say­ing those who do so risked be­ing ar­rested as ac­ces­sories to theft.

“Some of the ar­rested cul­prits failed to ac­count for the prop­erty that was found in their pos­ses­sion,” he said.

He said two of the peo­ple who were ar­rested were on the po­lice most wanted list for crimes rang­ing from pick­pock­et­ing, as­sault and theft.

“Mem­bers of the pub­lic who might have fallen prey to these crim­i­nals are be­ing urged to visit the Zim­babwe Re­pub­lic Po­lice li­cence in­spec­torate at Drill Hall to iden­tify their stole prop­erty,” he said.

Asst Insp Ncube said those seek­ing to re­cover their prop­erty should be in a po­si­tion to pro­duce se­rial num­bers for goods or pos­i­tively iden­tify their prop­erty.

Last month po­lice said prop­erty worth nearly $2 mil­lion was stolen in the city be­tween April and July this year. — @nqot­shili

The Bu­l­awayo Prov­ince Of­fi­cer Com­mand­ing Crime Pre­ven­tion Chief Su­per­in­ten­dent Mar­shal Dube shows some tyres that were re­cov­ered at Drill Hall in Bu­l­awayo yes­ter­day. Look­ing on, on the right is the Bu­l­awayo Pro­vin­cial Of­fi­cer in Charge of Li­cences In­spec­tor Mu­vuiso Abiner Nkomo, Act­ing po­lice spokesper­son for Bu­l­awayo Prov­ince As­sis­tant In­spec­tor Abed­nico Ncube (far left) and an uniden­ti­fied of­fi­cer

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