Hwange cop in soup for stealing from colleagues

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By Matebeleland North Correspondent

Hwange: A junior police officer stationed at Hwange police station has been arrested after he allegedly went on a housebreaking spree, stealing various kinds of property from his workmates.

Maxwell Masariri (28), is alleged to have broken into homes belonging to his colleagues at Hwange police camp and stole cell phone handsets, a laptop and electric gadgets such as a television set and DSTV decoders.

He appeared before Hwange magistrate Barbara Phiri facing a total of 12 counts of unlawful entry, theft and theft from a motor vehicle.

Masariri was not asked to plead to the charges.

The court dismissed an application for bail by his lawyer Givemore Mvhiringi of Mvhiringi and Associates and remanded him in custody to December 5.

Masariri, who stays in the coal mining town’s Empumalanga suburb, allegedly committed the crimes between September 19 and October 24 this year.

Prosecuting, Loveness Maseko said Masariri stole from Tawanda Mumvuti, Witness Lunga, Mbonisi Ndlangisa, Callisto Ndou, Tinashe Chamakwara and Tongofara Shiri who are all stationed at Hwange Police Station.

Court heard that he broke into the premises during the night.

“Between September 19 and October 24 this year, the accused went on a breaking spree, targeting residences of other police officers at night,” said the prosecutor.

“On September 19, he proceeded to Tawanda Mumvuti’s place of residence where he forced open the doors of a Toyota Ace car and stole two radio speakers and a car battery.

“On September 30, he sneaked into Witness Lunga’s place of residence through an unlocked door and stole a laptop, its bag, a police notebook, a DSTV decoder, 32 inch TV set, two electrical adapters, cell phone handset, DVD player and a sub hoofer.”

On October 24, Musariri allegedly broke into a number of rooms at the police cottages and various cell phone handsets.

All the stolen property was valued at a combined $2 262 total.

Police investigators tracked the cell phones with the help of mobile phone network providers which led them to some people who implicated Musariri as having sold the property to them.

Some of it was recovered in Victoria Falls and police are making efforts to recover more in Gweru, Masvingo and Chirumanzu where he allegedly sold it.