Man on the run after stealing thermoplastics worth US$442,000

Ass-Comm Paul Nyathi

Manhunt underway for Harare man accused of stealing $442,000 worth of polypropylene

Police have launched a manhunt for a 30-year-old Harare man suspected of stealing a substantial quantity of Polypropylene (PP), a thermoplastic material, valued at approximately $442,000 from a local company.

Polypropylene is a widely used thermoplastic with diverse applications, including plastic packaging, machinery components, and textiles.

While two individuals have already been apprehended in connection with the case, the whereabouts of the main suspect, Batsirai Makwengura, remain unknown.

Assistant Commissioner Paul Nyathi, the national police spokesperson, confirmed the ongoing search for Makwengura.

“Police in Harare are appealing for information which may lead to the arrest of one Nelson Batsirai Makwengura aged 30, who is wanted in connection with a case of theft which occurred during the period between May 2023 and October 2023,” Nyathi said.

According to Nyathi, the suspect, in collusion with his two accomplices, Lesley Nyasha Makaka, aged 30, and Mercy Muza, aged 44, allegedly stole 330 tonnes of Polypropylene HKR102, amounting to US$442,000. The authorities have successfully apprehended Makaka and Muza.

Members of the public have been urged to assist the police in locating Makwengura by reporting any information they may have to the National Complaints Desk at (0242) 703631 or the dedicated WhatsApp number 0712 800197. Alternatively, individuals can provide information at their nearest police station.

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