A 23-YEAR-OLD Rusape man, who reportedly committed a spate of crimes, has been arrested on nine counts of theft from cars, two counts of unlawful entry and theft.
Kudzanai Patorwa of Vengere, who has since appeared in court committed the offenses between April 10 and June 16, according to the
Zimbabwe Republic Police Criminal Investigation Department (CID).
“During the period extending from 10 April to 16 June 2020, the suspect would target parked vehicles, break in and steal car accessories such as batteries.
“In one of the cases, the suspect proceeded to complainant’s yard during the night and used an unknown object to break the lock of the metal cage which was securing the car battery.
“He then stole the car battery and went away unnoticed,” said Portia Chinho, the Provincial Community Relations and Liaison Officer.
“On 17 June 2020, detectives got information that the suspect was behind the commission of a spate of theft of car parts.
“The suspect was arrested and led detectives to the recovery of several car batteries.
“He appeared at Rusape Magistrates Court and was remanded in custody.”
In a related matter, Det Chinho added:
“CID Highlands arrested Timothy Chikwenhere, an ex-convict and Rodson Tatenda Vhindindu, aged 28 years, all of Epworth for four counts of Theft of Car Parts and Unlawful Entry and Theft.
“During the period extending from 14 January to 17 May 2020, the suspects would target parked vehicles, break in and steal car accessories. “In one of the cases, the suspects approached the complainant’s parked motor vehicle, broke the rear quarter glass and stole a modulator. The suspects further opened the bonnet and stole a 652 Exide car battery.
“On 17 June 2020, Detectives from CID Highlands received information to the effect that the suspects were behind the commission of these crimes. Investigations carried out led to the arrest of the duo in Epworth and the subsequent recovery of a Nexus 5.5 Horse Power water pump, three car batteries and a pair of safety shoes.
“The recovered property has since been identified by their owners.”
The police have since urged the public to employ target hardening techniques by reinforcing the security systems in their homes and vehicles.
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