Cheeky thief ransacks 7 prison officers’ houses in 1 night

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The Judicial Service Commission ignored not only the law, but the supreme law of the land; the constitution, in conducting its affairs

MVUMA — Anyway Milanzi (26) proved a daring thief at Whawha Prison two weeks ago when he broke into seven prison officers’ houses and walked out of each with a minimum of two cellphones and in some case collecting as many as two laptops from one house.

All the break-ins happened in one night, between 2 and 3:30am with one of the cellphones stolen from under a woman’s pillow.

Milanzi, of Mukonono Farm, Darwendale along Harare-Chinhoyi Road, faced seven counts of unlawful entry and theft and was slapped with seven years in prison when he appeared before Mvuma magistrate, Tayengwa Chibanda, last week.

The crimes were committed on September 24 this year.

Almost all the victims discovered the break-ins a few minutes after they transpired and they bumped into each other outside their houses as they tried to figure out what happened to their gadgets.

They picked up Milanzi’s footprints and tracked them to Gweru-Mvuma Highway where they found him looking for transport to Gweru with the stolen gadgets stashed in his satchel.

When his pursuers confronted him, Milanzi dropped the satchel and attempted flee, but was apprehended.

At around 2:30am, Milanzi entered Washington Chikogwe’s house and collected two HP laptops valued at $600 and both were recovered. At around the same time he gained entry into Thomas Muchena’s house and got away with two mobile phones.

As Muchena went out to alert other people in the camp, he met Chikogwe and Robin Muchena, who were searching for the thief who had stolen their property.

Milanzi also entered into Martha Manunure’s house and stole a black G- Tel A704i cellphone. Manunure woke up after she was disturbed by fellow victims talking outside. She discovered that her phone under the pillow was missing.

Using the same modus operandi, Milanzi stole cellphones and various other goods, including eyesight correctional lenses and laptops belonging to Linda Shara and Pio Mudereri.

Michael Kazomba prosecuted.

— Masvingo Mirror