Daring daylight robbery: Man steals truck loaded with US$12 000 worth of groceries


In a shocking incident that unfolded at the bustling Zengeza 2 shops, a Chitungwiza man has been handed a three-year prison sentence for his audacious act of stealing a truck loaded with valuable groceries.

The stolen truck, belonging to driver Patson Gwara, contained a staggering 72 boxes of 12×2 litres D’lite cooking oil, with an estimated worth of US$12,370. The opportunistic thief, identified as Talent Reid, was apprehended thanks to the watchful eye of CCTV cameras and the swift response of law enforcement.

The incident occurred on November 18, around 2:30 pm, when Gwara decided to make a quick stop at a retail outlet in Zengeza 2, leaving the truck’s engine running. Seizing the moment, Reid brazenly hopped into the unattended vehicle and sped off, leaving Gwara stunned and helpless in his wake. Despite Gwara’s valiant attempt to pursue the thief, his efforts proved futile, and the truck vanished into the distance.

Undeterred, Gwara wasted no time in reporting the crime to the authorities, who promptly launched an investigation. Police detectives swiftly obtained CCTV footage from the supermarket, which played a crucial role in identifying Reid as the perpetrator. Additionally, members of the public came forward with information that further corroborated Reid’s involvement in the heist.

The long arm of the law caught up with Reid when he was apprehended at his residence in Zengeza 5. The weight of the evidence against him was undeniable, leading Reid to enter a guilty plea for the theft of the motor vehicle. Harare magistrate Clever Tsikwa presided over the case and initially sentenced Reid to five years in jail. However, showing some leniency, the magistrate suspended two years of the sentence, contingent upon Reid’s good behaviour.

During the investigation, police discovered a cache of stolen goods at Reid’s house. Fourteen boxes of the pilfered 12x2l cooking oil were recovered, providing further proof of Reid’s involvement. In a helpful turn of events, Reid cooperated with the police and led detectives to Zengeza 3 shops, where the stolen truck had been parked and loaded with an additional 48 boxes of cooking oil. The recovery efforts did not stop there, as seven more boxes were found at a friend’s house in Zengeza 3, further implicating Reid and his accomplices.

The successful resolution of this case serves as a testament to the efficacy of modern surveillance technology and the diligence of law enforcement. The stolen goods have been recovered, thanks to the swift actions of the police and the cooperation of the accused. As the law takes its course, the residents of Chitungwiza can take solace in knowing that justice has been served, and that their community remains committed to maintaining law and order.

This incident serves as a stark reminder for all vehicle owners to exercise caution and remain vigilant, especially when leaving their vehicles unattended. The consequences of a momentary lapse in judgment can be severe, as witnessed in this case. Let this be a lesson that security and diligence are paramount in our daily lives, protecting us from potential misfortune and upholding the tranquility of our neighbourhoods.

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