The long arm of the law finally caught up with a Zimbabwe Republic Police sergeant who had gone into hiding after allegedly extorting 110 grams of gold and $1 500 from a Shamva gold dealer Kritchefich Chongwe mid last month.
Mabvuku-based Sergeant Zvidzai Gweja had been on the run for a month while his alleged accomplices, Irvine Tafadzwa Mutuzva, Tawanda Mhaza and a civilian, Brian Betera, were arrested and arraigned before the courts last month on the same allegation.
It is alleged that Gweja and Mhaza who were based at Highlands Police Station teamed-up with Mutuzva who was based at Mabvuku Police Station upon receiving information from Betera that Chongwe was dealing in gold and had gone to Shamva to conduct his business.
The three cops allegedly tracked Chongwe to Shamva where they monitored all his moves.
It is alleged that when Chongwe was on his way back to Harare, Gweja and his colleagues contacted Mhaza whom they had intentionally planted at a roadblock near The Grange along Mutoko Road to stop him.
Chongwe was stopped at the said roadblock and accused of having committed robbery and stealing gold in Shamva.
Gweja, Mutuzva and Mhaza are alleged to have searched Chongwe who was in the company of his friend Raymond Majarita and confiscated 110 grams of gold and cash amounting to $1 270.
The cops allegedly arrested Chongwe and Majarita and took them to Highlands Police Station where they resolved to share the confiscated gold and money.
Gweja and his alleged accomplices allegedly demanded a further $1 500 from Chongwe and Majarita so as to drop the criminal charges against them.
It is alleged that Chongwe promised to pay the policeman later and they released them without a charge.
However, the cops’ luck ran out after Chongwe reported the matter at Harare Central Police Station which led to their arrest.
Gweja appeared before Harare magistrate Donald Ndirowei who remanded him on $100 bail and ordered him not to interfere with police investigations.
Svodai Kadivirire appeared for the state.