100 cars thief nabbed on wed­ding eve

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News/ Obituary - Nqo­bile Tshili Chron­i­cle Cor­re­spon­dent

A MAN from Ma­hat­shula sub­urb in Bu­l­awayo is set to ap­pear in court fol­low­ing his ar­rest two days be­fore his wed­ding for breaking and steal­ing from nearly 100 cars.

Tatenda Alex Tawanda Sit­hole and his ac­com­plice Clive Con­well, who is still on the run, al­legedly went on a steal­ing ram­page and nicked valu­able goods from about 100 cars in three ci­ties: Bu­l­awayo, Harare and Mutare.

Po­lice yes­ter­day said the two com­mit­ted the crimes be­tween April and July this year.

Some of the items that were re­cov­ered in­clude cell­phones, hand­bags, and lap­tops.

Sit­hole has al­ready ap­peared in court in Mutare and is ex­pected to be brought be­fore the courts in Bu­l­awayo and Harare in due course.

Bu­l­awayo po­lice spokesper­son In­spec­tor Pre­cious Si­mango said Sit­hole has over 100 counts of theft from ve­hi­cles in Bu­l­awayo, Harare and Mutare he has to an­swer to.

“We ar­rested him last month, two days be­fore his wed­ding. He has about 60 counts of theft cases in Bu­l­awayo, 15 cases in Mutare and about 20 cases in Harare,” she said.

Insp Si­mango said Sit­hole was ar­rested by of­fi­cers from the Crim­i­nal In­ves­ti­ga­tion De­tec­tives (CID) in Bu­l­awayo work­ing with their coun­ter­parts from Mutare on Oc­to­ber 10.

She said po­lice have al­ready taken Sit­hole to Mutare where he has ap­peared in court.

“From Mutare he is go­ing to be taken to Harare where he is sup­posed to ap­pear in court in con­nec­tion with 20 cases of theft from ve­hi­cles. Af­ter that he will be brought to Bu­l­awayo to an­swer to 60 cases of theft from ve­hi­cles,” Insp Si­mango said.

She said po­lice are still look­ing for Con­well who is sus­pected to be liv­ing in Bu­l­awayo.

Insp Si­mango said po­lice were ap­peal­ing to mem­bers of the public with in­for­ma­tion on Con­well’s where­abouts to come for­ward.

Po­lice said de­spite car­ry­ing out cam­paigns ed­u­cat­ing mem­bers of the public against keep­ing valu­ables in their cars, the trend still per­sists.

Insp Si­mango urged mem­bers of the public who might have lost their valu­ables to visit Bu­l­awayo Cen­tral Po­lice Sta­tion, theft from ve­hi­cle sec­tion to iden­tify their prop­erty.

“Some of the prop­erty has al­ready been iden­ti­fied and we’re urg­ing those who lost their prop­erty in the men­tioned pe­riod to visit our of­fices at Cen­tral Po­lice Sta­tion,” she said.-@nqot­shili

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