Four nabbed for stock theft

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Emmerson Njanjamangezi 



THE Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) yesterday arrested four suspects in connection with a case of stock theft in Mutare.

The four, Leon Muuya ,34, Albert Garira,28 , Justice Ndihana, 28 and Innocent Ngwenya,50 , were arrested following a tip off by members of the public.

In a statement yesterday, national police spokesperson Paul Nyathi said the four were nabbed in Chapeyama Village under Chief Marange in Mutare.

“On February 4, 2021, the police reacted to the information and proceeded to the area where they managed to apprehend Muuya who admitted to have stolen goats from one of the village farmers and acting in common purpose with the other suspects.

“Further investigations linked the suspect and his three accomplices to numerous stock theft cases involving 12 beasts and three goats, committed at several villages around Chief Marange area during the period extending from October 2020 to date,” he said.

Nyathi said all the stolen stock valued at $385 000 was recovered.

Meanwhile, Nyathi said the police have also arrested Joseph Wagusiwa,36 , and Darlington Chiputura,41 , for fraudulently creating fake Zesa prepaid tokens.

“Wagusiwa was arrested in Kadoma after a trap was set and a Zesa electricity token valued at $1 680 was recovered.

“The token had been sold to a potential client through fraudulent system manipulation in the Zesa electricity data process.

“He then implicated the second suspect who was responsible for generating the tokens at Zesa headquarters in Harare and supplied them to the first suspect for sale to the public for their own benefit,” he added.

Nyathi warned perpetrators of stock theft and fraud that the long arm of the law would always catch up with them.

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