Municipal cops convicted of theft

MUTARE - Two Mutare municipal police officers and an accomplice have been convicted of stealing two vehicle wheels from a council workshop.

Leslie Mushati, 31, and Cosmas Makore, 37, who are both employed by the city council as police officers and their accomplice Eugine Musundire, 39, were convicted on their own pleas of guilty by magistrate Sekai Chiundura.

They were each sentenced to six months in jail, three of which were suspended, while the remaining three months were commuted to 105 hours of community service.

The wheels they stole are valued at $400.

Mushati and Makore will be doing their community service at Mutare Magistrates’ Court while Musundire will be at St Joseph’s Mission Hospital.

It is the State’s case that the three stole the complete wheels from City of Mutare Mechanical Engineering Workshop in Newcastle Road.

Five police detectives, however, had the workshop under surveillance on April 10 when the trio executed its plan to steal the wheels — a 1100 x 20 Dunlop wheel and a 1000 x 20 Shandong Linglong wheel.

The State proved that Musundire hired the truck which moved the wheels to his workplace at Tameside close along Chimanimani road where they separated the tyres from the rims.

They then sold the tyres to Shadreck Chiripamberi for $57 before police pounced on them.

Fletcher Karombe was prosecuting.

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