4 nabbed for stealing butternut squash

BULAWAYO - Four employees at a local retail outlet landed themselves in hot soup after they were suspected to have stolen 32kg of butternut squash meant for sale.

Deon John Middlemen, 41 George Raymond Ndlovu, 23, Paradzai Hove, 36 and George Muchineripi appeared before Bulawayo magistrate Tawanda Muchemwa to answer theft charges.

The quartet denied the charge and was remanded out of custody on $50 bail each.

The four will be back in court on January 28.

The State alleges that on January 16 at around 4pm at Fazak Home and Hyper Supermarket in Woodlands suburb, the four accused persons hatched a plan to steal from their employer.

Upon receiving 32kg of butternut from a supplier at the receiving point, Middlemen put all the butternuts squash into a pushing trolley and weighed them on a butchery scale.

Instead of displaying the butternut squash on the shelves, Ndlovu pushed the trolley to the exit door of the butchery.

In an apparent well-rehearsed systematic move, Hove then took over the trolley which he further pushed and abandoned in the corridor near the toilet door.

The court heard Muchineripi finally pushed the trolley and left it outside the supermarket where they were to share the loot after finishing work.

The offence came to light after the shift manager Neil Klein became suspicious of the movement of the employees which prompted him to check what was going on.

A trolley was then noticed outside and an investigation was conducted which unearthed the stolen stuff, the court was told.

Muchineripi, who was still near the scene was then instructed to push back the trolley into the supermarket.

An inquiry was conducted which led to the four being handed over to the police.

The butternut squash worth $32 were recovered.

Comments (3)

mbudzi inodya payakasungirwa!

Timothy - 21 January 2014

Ok, I duly sentence the four to 10 months imprisonment with 9.5 months suspended sentence and 0.5month working in a butternut field picking butternuts!

Jambanja paSalisbury - 21 January 2014

eight dollars amana

vadivezvinhu - 21 January 2014

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