Thupeyo Muleya Beitbridge Bureau
Police in Beitbridge have arrested three men who have been on the police wanted list for over 10 years in connection with several cases of unlawful entry and theft in the town.Patrick Mulambo (36), Farai Mutomba (29) and Cheeseman Vutete (39) all of no fixed abode, are accused of breaking into 24 houses and stealing electrical gadgets between March and October this year alone.
It is reported that they used iron bars to break into some of the houses and that until their arrest on Monday last week, the pair were hiding on the banks of the Limpopo River.
They are still under investigation for further cases committed in the last decade. They were not asked to plead to the 24 counts of unlawful entry and theft when they appeared before Ms Gwineth Darwo last Friday. The trio was remanded in custody to October.
Prosecutor Mr Jabulani Mberesi told the court that the trio connived to break into 24 houses where they would steal some electrical gadgets, cell phones and clothes between March and October this year.
He said they used Vutete’s unregistered Toyota Corolla as a getaway car and to ferry the loot, adding that the accused would pounce on the houses between 1 am and 3 am.
The state alleges that during that period, the trio stole property worth $15 576 of which property worth $3 995 was recovered.
Mr Mberesi said all the cases were reported to the police leading to the accused’s arrest last Monday following a tip off.