Cop steals 49 cellphones

Male hands in handcuffs

A 25-YEAR-OLD police officer who is based at Mzilikazi Police Station Bulawayo, appeared at the Marondera Magistrates Court on Tuesday facing allegations of stealing 49 cellphones from his former schoolmate.

By Jairos Saunyama/Paidamoyo Muzulu

Lyson Nyamande, who was travelling from Bulawayo to Rusape, allegedly stopped over in Marondera and was offered a place to sleep by the complainant, Kudakwashe Mutete.

Nyamande pleaded guilty to the charge of stealing 49 cellphones, a laptop and cash when he appeared before Marondera magistrate Josephine Sande and was remanded in custody for sentencing today.

The court heard on March 2 at around 8pm, Nyamande visited Mutete and asked to be accommodated for the night before proceeding on his journey the next morning. Mutete, the court heard, agreed and the two slept in the same room, but the cop woke up in the middle of the night and stole a satchel containing 49 cellphones of different makes.
All the cellphones had no batteries at the time.

Nyamande also stole a laptop and $75 before disappearing into the night.

The next day at around 4am, Mutete woke up and discovered his property had been stolen and Nyamande was nowhere to be seen and he reported the matter to the police, leading to the cop’s arrest in Rusape, but he had already sold some of the cellphones.

The stolen property was valued at $1 540 and only property worth $865 was recovered.Babra Mabika appeared for the State.

Meanwhile, a police officer attached to Criminal Investigation Department (CID), Katemo Tembo, appeared at the Harare Magistrates’ Court yesterday facing charges of criminal abuse of office after allegedly demanding $200 from a Harare man.

Tembo was not asked to plead when he appeared before provincial magistrate, Elijah Makomo and was remanded in custody to today for his bail application.

It is the State’s case that Tembo allegedly acted as a debt collector for McLeod Mahachi, who was trying to cancel a consultancy agreement that he had entered into and paid Godknows Yakiti to have his mining company registered.

Mahachi, according to State papers, had paid Yakiti $750 of the $900 registration processing fees before he had a change of mind about the deal.

Mahachi, the State alleges, then approached Tembo to force Yakiti to repay the money and the former called the latter and ordered him to come to CID offices, where he ordered him to pay back.

The State alleges, Yakiti in turn called the police internal investigations department and reported the matter resulting in a trap being set and Tembo was arrested in the city centre, while receiving $200 in marked notes from Yakiti.

Sebastian Mutizirwa is prosecuting for the State.