Uniform-stealing syndicate busted

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Police in Harare have recovered school uniforms worth $25 000 that had been stolen from one of Zimbabwe’s leading uniform providers, Enbee Stores.

Harare police provincial spokesperson Inspector James Sabau on Tuesday said police from the Commercial Crimes Unit (CCU) arrested three men for the alleged theft of the uniforms.

Isaiah Muzota (39), Emmanuel Ushe (26) and Rogers Gumbo (49) were arrested while Gift Chipaike is still at large.

Muzota and Chipaike are employed at Enbee Stores.

Sabau said the CCU received information that there was a syndicate which involved employees from Enbee who were stealing uniforms and diverting them for resale to vendors.

“It is alleged that they used to take consignments destined for shops and would register they had been delivered and they would record at the shop where the consignments were destined that the stock had been received whilst in actual fact the uniforms would have not been delivered.

“The uniforms would then be sold to vendors in Mbare and around the city,” said Sabau.

He said the police from CCU first arrested Muzota who then led them to Ushe and Gumbo who in turn assisted the police in recovering the uniforms.

“The syndicate then led the officers to Mbare where most of the uniforms were recovered, but the ‘Enbee’ labels had been removed.”

Sabau said investigations were still going on and police were yet to find out how big the syndicate was and also to recover more uniforms.

He said the CCU acted on a tip-off from the public who suspected there was something amiss going on.

Sabau said he was grateful members of the public had worked well with the police and encouraged them to keep up the spirit.