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    Detectives corner sex worker into giving out notorious thieves




    RUNESU GWIDI

    MASVINGO
    - Two notorious burglars have been jailed for 17 years in prison each and they should rue their immoral association with a Masvingo commercial sex worker.
    The burglars stole various electronic goods in Rujeko, Mucheke and Zimuto Camp, a lot of which was recovered.
    Tendai Chorumbwa (30) and Tafadzwa Samunda (20) were found guilty of 36 counts of unlawful entry and theft of valuable property when they appeared before Magistrate Oliver Mudzongachiso.
    However, it is the detectives who cornered the two notorious thieves who should be hailed for a job that was exceptionally well done.
    The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) had to apply to cellphone network providers NetOne, Telecel and Econet, for permission to eavesdrop the telephone conversations that went on during criminal activities.
    They cornered Melody a commercial sex worker who the thieves were in constant touch with.
    The detectives phoned and lured her by telling her that they were civilians who had her parcel given them by a cross border driver. The detectives agreed to meet her at Glow Petroleum filling in Masvingo. They then used contacts and conversations in the sex worker's phone to track down the suspects leading to their arrests at a night club.
    Chorumbwa and Samunda proved to be cunning thieves considering that they changed names when they visited different places.
    While in Mutare for instance, Samunda called himself Nakai Sango, Chorumbwa who comes from Murehwa called himself Farai Chikono. 
    It is the State case that the two accused unlawfully broke into six houses in Rujeko suburbs and stole DVD players, cell phones, television sets, clothes bags, groceries and other electrical appliances on different dates between January and February 2016. In Mucheke, the duo unlawfully entered into four houses and stole several electrical gadgets. They even went to the extent of stealing goat meat that was preserved the refrigerator, tomato sauce and a loaf of bread.
     The daring burglars unlawfully entered into Zimuto camp, a residential place Police officers and stole property and cash from Mercy Jamela, a nurse.
    They took to their heels when they heard an alarm bell after they had removed zinc sheets from a boutique belonging to Valerie Chikozho, a businesswoman in Rhodene. The duo also ransacked the ceiling of the boutique and went away with three men's suits when the alarm responded.
    Police recovered several other stolen properties and equipment such as crowbars for committing burglaries. In Chivi, the pair stole plasma televisions, cash and other property using the same modus operandi.James Murambiza prosecuted.local news
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