TWO women were arrested in Zvishavane for a number of home and business burglaries.
Talent Mutangi, 19, and Virginia Sibanda, 37, were arrested on charges of criminal trespass and burglary, whereas their male accomplices, Joe and Itai Sibanda, managed to flee.
Detective Assistant Inspector Racheal Muteweri, a spokesperson for the Criminal Investigations Department (CID), confirmed the arrests and appealed for information leading to the arrest of Joe and Itai.
“The Zimbabwe Republic Police, Criminal Investigation Department (CID) Zvishavane have arrested two suspects for unlawful entry into premises and theft cases which they committed in Zvishavane and the two are now clearing nine counts,” said Det Ass Insp Muteweri.
“During the period extending from December 5, 2022 to January 5, the two accused persons together with their accomplices, who are still at large, would target business premises in Zvishavane town, break into shops before getting away with groceries, clothing, electrical gadgets and other valuables.
“In one of the incidents that occurred on January 2, the accused persons broke into a complainant’s shop and got away with solar panels, a speaker, car amplifier, radio amplifier, car battery and other valuables, all valued at US$805.
“Luck ran out for the accused persons on January 5 when detectives got information that three accused persons had broken into another shop.
“A team of detectives swiftly reacted to the information leading to the arrest of the two while their accomplice escaped,” said Det Ass Insp Muteweri.
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She stated that further investigations revealed that the accused had committed eight similar crimes in Zvishavane, and that property worth $2 700 was recovered following the arrest of the two women.
Det Assp Muteweri thanked the public for providing credible information that led to the two’s arrest.
She urged people to strengthen security measures at their commercial and residential properties to avoid becoming victims of criminals.