Residents respond to cry for help, apprehend cellphone thief in bush


A 30-year-old man has been arrested after robbing a secondary school student of her cellphone in a bushy area at 9th Street and Duncan Road in Makokoba. The incident took place on Monday around 4 PM and the suspect, Tavonga Mbawura, is now set to appear in court to face charges.

According to the police statement, Mbawura attacked the student while she was on her way home from school, forcibly taking her phone which was concealed in her blazer. However, a member of the community heard the victim’s cry for help and managed to apprehend the suspect. As a result, the stolen cellphone was recovered.

Bulawayo Provincial spokesperson, Inspector Abednico Ncube, cautioned the public against using secluded and bushy areas, as they are often targeted by criminals. He also commended the community for their ongoing support in the fight against crime.

“The suspect was apprehended by a member of the community following a cry for help by the victim. The arrest led to the recovery of the stolen cellphone.

“Members of the public are warned on using bushy and secluded pathways as these are notorious grounds for criminals. We also would like to applaud members of the public for their continued support in the fight against crime,” said Insp Ncube.

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