‘Thiev­ing’ maids steal boss’ $28 000

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TWO do­mes­tic work­ers al­legedly stole $28 000 from their em­ployer’s house in Bu­l­awayo’s Hill­side sub­urb and only $700 has been re­cov­ered.

The theft was dis­cov­ered on Mon­day and it is be­lieved that Eu­nice Mab­hena (50) from Pu­mula North sub­urb and Florence Phiri of Ma­hat­shula North sub­urb con­nived to steal their em­ployer’s money. Mab­hena has been ar­rested while Phiri is on the run. Sources said their em­ployer, Ms Per­mian Macheka, kept $31 000 in the house be­fore it was stolen.

A source said after steal­ing the money, the pair con­tin­ued with their work as if noth­ing had hap­pened.

One of them only fled after Ms Macheka quizzed them about her miss­ing money.

“She had $31 000 on her. She told us that in Au­gust she placed $28 000 in a brief case in her wardrobe be­fore put­ting an ad­di­tional $3 000 last week. On Mon­day she wanted to use the money and when she opened the brief case, she found only $3 000 which was in an en­ve­lope with the other money miss­ing. She con­fronted the maids who pro­fessed ig­no­rance about the money,” said the source.

Ms Macheka is said to have rushed to report the mat­ter to the po­lice and when the cops ar­rived at the house, Phiri had al­ready van­ished.

Mab­hena was ar­rested and she was found in pos­ses­sion of $700 she could not ac­count for.

Bu­l­awayo po­lice spokesper­son In­spec­tor Pre­cious Si­mango con­firmed the mat­ter and said in­ves­ti­ga­tions were in progress.

“We’re in­ves­ti­gat­ing a theft case where two do­mes­tic work­ers are sus­pected to have teamed up to steal from their em­ployer money amount­ing to $28 000. One of the sus­pects has been ar­rested and po­lice are still hunt­ing for the other one,” she said. Insp Si­mango urged mem­bers of the pub­lic to avoid keep­ing large sums of money in their homes as it puts them at risk of being robbed.

The lat­est case comes two years after a maid, Ntando Dube, van­ished after she al­legedly stole $50 000 from her em­ployer’s home in Ku­malo sub­urb.

Dube dis­ap­peared after giv­ing her two male friends $20 000 from the loot and the pair was later ar­rested after splash­ing the money on cars.

On Sun­day morn­ing, a Chi­nese man based in Bu­l­awayo al­legedly lost $10 000 to armed rob­bers who pounced on him at his house.

Mr Jian Zhong (26) was robbed at his home in Hill­side sub­urb by three armed rob­bers who force-marched him into his bed­room where they de­manded cash.

The trio is sus­pected to have fol­lowed him from a casino in the city cen­tre where he was seen flash­ing cash. — @nqot­shili.

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