Police bust burglary ring: Appliances worth US$19k, vehicle recovered

Bulawayo police have apprehended four male suspects linked to a spate of burglaries in Bulawayo’s eastern suburbs.

Home appliances worth over US$28 000 were stolen during the crime spree.

Police managed to recover property worth US$19 000, including televisions, lithium batteries, generators, and other items.

They also recovered a Honda Fit vehicle allegedly used in the commission of the crime.

The arrested suspects have been identified as Sindiso Moyo (34), Qinisani Ndlovu (30) from Iminyela, Privilege Shumba (36) from Nguboyenja, and Vusa Tshuma (35).

The four suspects are detained at Hillside Police Station pending their court appearance on Friday.

Bulawayo police spokesperson Inspector Abednico Ncube said the suspects targeted houses in Fortunesgate, Morningside, and Hillside since February.

“Police received information from our active members of the public,” Inspector Ncube said. “The Criminal Investigations Department (CID) utilises various methods, including informants and other confidential tip-off approaches, to investigate crimes. They followed up on leads, leading to the recovery of televisions, solar panels, lithium batteries, and generators. This operation aimed to disrupt criminal activity in Bulawayo.”

While some stolen items have already been sold around the markets, investigations are underway in the Tsholotsho and Heany Junction areas to locate additional stolen property.

“We appreciate the public’s active involvement with the Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP), and we promise to leave no stone unturned until order is restored.”

“We also urge members of the public to join hands with the police to fight such cases. Even though we know Hillside has a very active neighbourhood watch committee, we’ve observed these suspects coming from western areas to commit crimes in Hillside. By informing us of who is in your area, especially those who arrive or visit your properties in the evenings or at night, you can help us and the community prevent unlawful entry and robberies.”

He commended the police officers, particularly the CID Hillside unit, who have worked tirelessly to recover stolen property.

“Most of the property is yet to be recovered. We invite anyone who lost property during unlawful entries to come to Hillside Police Station to make identifications,” said Inspector Ncube.

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