A Highfield man was electrocuted in the early hours of Wednesday as he attempted to steal oil from a transformer in the Engineering section of the high-density suburb.
It is said residents heard an explosion around 5am and went to investigate only to see the body of a man inside the ZESA transformer cubicle.
There were some tools near the body.
The Zimbabwe Electricity Transmission and Distribution Company (ZETDC) recently said it is losing more than US$20 million per year to vandalism and theft of electricity infrastructure.
Police are still to comment on the incident.