Thieves raid 20 ve­hi­cles in two days

Sunday News (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Free­dom Mu­panedemo Mid­lands Re­porter

ABOUT 20 ve­hi­cles have been bro­ken into in Mkoba sub­urb in Gweru by a sus­pected group of thieves tar­get­ing car ra­dios, bat­ter­ies and other valu­ables from cars.

It is not clear what the thieves are us­ing to by-pass ve­hi­cle alarm sys­tems. At least 15 ve­hi­cles were bro­ken into on Tues­day night while a fur­ther four met the same fate the fol­low­ing day. Po­lice have since em­barked on a door to door cam­paign in the area es­pe­cially in Mkoba 13, 14 and 16 which were most af­fected.

Mid­lands act­ing po­lice spokesper­son As­sis­tant In­spec­tor Ethel Muk­wende con­firmed the rob­beries but said they were still to get full de­tails from the re­spon­si­ble po­lice sta­tion.

“I can con­firm re­ceiv­ing such a re­port but we are still to get the full de­tails from the re­spec­tive po­lice sta­tion,” she said.

How­ever, sources close to the mat­ter told Sun­day News that the sus­pected ring was highly so­phis­ti­cated, break­ing even into alarm sys­tem-in­stalled ve­hi­cles.

“These rob­bers must be highly tech­ni­cal and must be trav­el­ling with a truck. They break into a car by smash­ing quar­ter glasses.

“Af­ter get­ting ac­cess, they search for valu­ables, take away the ra­dio and car bat­ter­ies. Some of the ve­hi­cles that were bro­ken into had alarms,” said a po­lice source.

“They have a mech­a­nism of jam­ming the alarm so that it doesn’t trig­ger.”

One of the vic­tims, Mr Edgar Ncube from Mkoba Vil­lage 13 said he lost two bat­ter­ies when the sus­pects pounced on his parked Pa­jero on Mon­day night.

“My car uses two bat­ter­ies, I had to be awo­ken by a neigh­bour who re­alised that the quar­ter glass of my car had been smashed. I later re­alised that the two bat­ter­ies and my car ra­dio were miss­ing,” he said.

Mr Ncube said he learnt that there were many cars that had been bro­ken into that night.

“I made a po­lice re­port at Ne­handa Po­lice Sta­tion and re­alised that I was the 11th com­plainant of the same na­ture that day,” he said.

Sizane High School Science Club mem­bers, El­ton Mawire (cen­tre) and Luther Sibanda work on a bridge af­ter lift­ing the Na­tional Cham­pi­onships of Bridge Build­ing re­cently. Fol­low­ing pro­ceed­ings is the Science Club pa­tron, Mr Free­dom Gan­gata

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