Fin­ger­prints sell out ra­dio thieves

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Andile Tshuma

FOREN­SIC de­tec­tives used fin­ger­prints left at a crime scene to ar­rest two men who al­legedly stole a car ra­dio and a Global Po­si­tion­ing Sys­tem (GPS) in­stru­ment.

Clif­ford Shoko (26), of Cow­dray Park and Tha­bani Nkomo (27), of Pu­mula South in Bu­l­awayo al­legedly com­mit­ted the crime in March last year but it came to light in June this year when one of them was ar­rested for an un­re­lated mat­ter.

They ap­peared be­fore mag­is­trate Ms Nyaradzo Ringi­sai fac­ing two counts of theft.

Ms Ringi­sai re­manded them in cus­tody pend­ing fur­ther in­ves­ti­ga­tions.

Pros­e­cut­ing, Mr Tony Ka­mud­yariwa said Shoko and Nkomo stole a car ra­dio and GPS in­stru­ment from Mr Pa­trick Si­gauke, who re­sides in Nketa 8.

“On March 27, last year at around 1AM, Shoko and Nkomo pro­ceeded to the com­plainant’s premises where they jumped over a pre­cast wall to gain en­try into the yard,’ said Mr Ka­mud­yariwa.

The pros­e­cu­tor said: “They pro­ceeded to a parked mo­tor ve­hi­cle and used an un­known ob­ject to force open the door and whilst in­side took a JVC car ra­dio and GPS in­stru­ment and went away un­no­ticed.”

The court heard that later on the same day, Mr Si­gauke dis­cov­ered that there had been a break in and went to re­port the mat­ter at Tsha­bal­ala Po­lice Sta­tion.

The scene was at­tended by po­lice de­tec­tives who man­aged to lift fin­ger­prints from the ve­hi­cle.

On June 17 this year, Shoko was ar­rested by po­lice of­fi­cers fol­low­ing a lead in a case of theft. They took his fin­ger­prints and dis­cov­ered that they matched with those found on Mr Si­gauke’s ve­hi­cle.

“Shoko upon in­ter­ro­ga­tion ad­mit­ted to have com­mit­ted the of­fence and went on to im­pli­cate Nkomo,” said Mr Ka­mud­yariwa.— @andile-tshuma.

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