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CCTV exposes Chitungwiza con artists

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TWO female thieves who robbed another woman of $370 in OK Supermarket, Makoni were nabbed after they were identified on CCTV camera.

BY VIMBAI MARUFU

Panashe Madziva(27) and Yolanda Nyabadza(29) both from Mbare appeared before Chitungwiza Resident Magistrate Donald Ndirowei this week facing two counts of theft and fraud.

Prosecutor Ntombikayise Nleya told the court that on January 29 this year at around 1200 hours the complainant, Jane Tsiga (25)an employee at Chitungwiza magistrate court was in OK Supermarket buying some groceries.

The two accused persons were following the complainant with one of shielding Tsiga’s bag as the other was cutting it with a sharp object.

The accused persons took the complainant’s wallet with cash amounting to $370 and her particulars.

Madziva and Nyabadza were however being recorded on CCTV camera in the supermarket.

The complainant made a police report and positively identified the accused persons.

Further allegations are that on February 3 this year at around 1230 hours another complainant Maritha Zumbani from Unit B in Chitungwiza, met the two accused persons at Makoni.

The accused were in the company of two male accomplices who are still at large.

Madziva and Nyabadza told the complainant that someone had their $5 000 but did not know how to count it and requested her to help them count the money.

The complainant was then ordered to surrender her valuables to the male counterparts as assurance that she would not run away with their money.

The court heard that the complainant was referred to a house in Unit B, Seke to collect the money.

After realising that she had been duped the complainant went back to where she had left the two accused persons, but found them gone with her phone, $60 and R200.

On February 12 the two accused tried to dupe her again using the same modus operandi.

The complainant notified members of the public and the two were apprehended.

They were remanded in custody to February 19 for continuation of trial.

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