Gweru- Car theft could be reduced in Gweru as police arrested six suspects namely Dennis Gumbie (43) of Mzilikazi, Bulawayo, Godfrey Godknows Tshamala (32) of Entumbane, Bulawayo, Khanyiso Ndlovu ( 26) of Emganwini, Bulawayo, Knowledge Tsiga (40) of Entumbane, Bulawayo and Patrick Sibanda (24) years of Old Lobengula, Bulawayo in connection with a spate of thefts from motor vehicles around Gweru.
Midlands Provincial Police Spokesperson, Inspector Emmanuel Mahoko thanked the members of the public for working hand-in-hand with the police to apprehend the suspects.
“We have arrested six suspects who have since appeared in court and we continue to urge members of the public to jealously guard their valuables and to report all cases to the police,” Mahoko said.
Circumstances are that the five suspects were arrested by the Gweru Criminal Investigations officers in Gweru CBD whilst they were looking for their next target.
The Detectives were carrying out surveillance in Gweru CBD and spotted the vehicle which had been reported to have been used in two cases of theft on October 17 and 30 2023.
The detectives approached the vehicle and fired two shots which deflated two front tyres. They subdued and arrested the five suspects who were aboard the vehicle.
It was observed that the front and rear registration numbers which read ADG 2759 of the vehicle were different from the third number plate. Also, they had covered the third number plate with a sticker.
Searches were carried out in the vehicle and two registration plates’ numbers AEH 1666 were recovered. Records at the vehicle Registry reflected that these were the actual numbers of the Toyota Bubble motor vehicle.
Further searches in the vehicle led to the recovery of three remote sensor unlocking devices, two T-bar devices used to force open car doors and a Colombian knife. The suspects led detectives to the recovery of two laptops, a black Dell and a HP Probook which had been sold at Bahudur Centre in Gweru town.