Masvingo CID recovers US$ 5000 in stolen copper


MASVINGO – Police detectives in Masvingo have recovered stolen ZESA copper cables and scrap copper with a street value of US$ 5 000 and arrested four suspects implicated in the theft.

Masvingo CID Minerals Flora and Fauna officer in charge, Inspector Innocent Gonye told The Mirror that one of the accused, Rumbidzai Takawira has a previous conviction for possessing scrap copper without a license.
The scrap metal, Zesa and TelOne cables were paraded on Thursday last week at Masvingo Central.

Gonye also said that the copper was stolen at different places over a lengthy period but could not be moved to South Africa to a buyer due to the Covid-19 lockdown.

It is illegal to buy and sell scrap copper without a license. Gonye said they received a tip off and apprehended Tawanda Mahwuridza in Clipsham on July 27, 2020 but his accomplices fled. He said that Mahwuridza led them to his accomplices who were found with copper in their houses. Masvingo Police spokesperson, Chief Inspector Charity Mazula urged members of the public to report any criminal or miscellaneous activities to the Police.

Mahwuridza led Police officers to Rumbidzai Takawira in Mucheke where they recovered 450kg of scrap copper and 40kg of ZESA cables.

Takawira has a prior arrest for the same charge. Takawira implicated Brian Matsvange and his employer Chipo Mhlanga in Victoria Ranch where Police recovered 100kg of scrap copper from radiators and old motor vehicles.
Mhlanga was arrested with30m of TelOne copper cables and 30kg of scrap copper. Gonye said the copper was stolen over a long period of time but the suspects could not move the copper to South Africa where there is a ready market due to Covid-19.

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