TWO of the three robbers who broke into the Glad Tidings Church in Glen Norah B in August this year and stole $30 000 were yesterday jailed for seven years.
The third suspect was slapped with a six year prison term after they were convicted of robbery by Harare regional magistrate Hoseah Mujaya.
Prince Makodza (24), Knowledge Kamucheche (37) and Alouis Nyamadzawo (38), however, had two years of their sentences suspended on the condition that they would not commit a similar offence in the next four years. They each had a further 18 months suspended on the condition that they would pay restitution by February 28.
Allegations against the three robbers were that on August 4 this year, the four connived with three other suspects to rob Glad Tidings church where they forced their way into the building.
They used a metal object to attack the security guard, Micklas Vhareta (25), before tying his hands using a pair of handcuffs.
The gang went to the senior pastor’s office where they stole a safe containing US$30 000 and documents and sped off in their gateway car.
Makodza was subsequently arrested on August 28 after police detectives received a tip–off. He implicated Nyamadzayo, who was later arrested in Glen Norah B, while Kamucheche was arrested at the shopping centre when the police caught him driving a Mazda B2500.
Nyamadzayo tried to flee upon seeing the detectives, but they managed to arrest him and his attempts to jump off the police vehicle were foiled when the police shot at him and ensured he did not escape.
Kamucheche subsequently led detectives to Crowborough where the safe, which only contained church documents, was recovered.