Thieves jam electric car doors in Masvingo
Masvingo – A group of thieves from Epworth in Harare has been arrested in Masvingo after it went on a spree using electric gate keys to jam doors of cars and then steal valuables.
Emmerson Manyani (40) was sentenced to 16 months in jail, Shepherd Kufa (38) 7 months, Godfrey Chisuwa 24 months, and Tafadzwa Singende 5 months after Masvingo Magistrate Patience Madondo found them guilty of the offences.
The four struck Masvingo between December 6 and 13, stealing cash, laptops and other items from vehicles.
The first case was on December 6 outside Ok Supermarket in Masvingo when Manyani together with Godfrey Chisuwo stole a handbag containing US$1 500 and a Huawei cellphone belonging to Caroline Peterson. Peterson parked her Toyota Camry and the two were watching her.
As Peterson and her husband went into the shop, Chisuwo pressed an electrical gate remote which jammed the car’s system rendering the complainant’s remote system ineffective.
On December 13, Singende and Kufa pulled the same stunt on Benjamin Chitege when he parked his Toyota D4D Hilux outside Pote Drilling. Again the two jammed the D4D using the electrical gate remote control and stole 2 satchels, a grey traveling bag and an external hard drive all amounting to ZW$210 000-00.
On the same day, Tatenda Mazwi (38) of Rhodhene Masvingo parked her Toyota Fortuner in front of a supermarket. Chisuwa jammed the car and stole US$330.
The four were caught on December 15 when they grabbed a black satchel from an old lady near 1st Street, Sisk.
On arresting them, Police discovered that they were the notorious thieves using electrical gate remote controls to open up car doors.