A SOLDIER who connived with friends to steal guns valued at US$6 000, from his father’s security company to commit armed robbery, has been issued with a warrant of arrest after he absconded routine remand last Friday.
Moketsi Ndlovu (27) stationed a 2 Mechanised Battalion, Inkomo Barracks, as well as his three other accomplices Talent Dube (34), Ngqabutho Tshuma and Bukhosi Moyo (26) were each granted ZWL$500 bail, when they initially appeared in court last Monday.
Moketsi is facing two counts, one being conspiracy to commit armed robbery and the other one being theft.
Despite all of them being granted bail and meant to appear in court on their own cognisance, the quartet failed to do so, leading to a warrant being issued.
Bulawayo provincial magistrate Mr Tinashe Tashaya had slated the case to 2 January 2020.
According to the State papers, as presented by Mrs Memory Matare, on 18 December Ndlovu stole a .38 special revolver serial number AA455788, 5 by 9mm rounds of ammunition, 6 x 7.62mm rounds of ammunition, 1 x 2.70mm round of ammunition and a 303 rifle with a magazine with five live rounds of ammunition.
Mrs Matare told the court that the quartet, acting on information provided by Ndlovu connived to commit armed robbery, where they would rob one Miss Dorah Zivengwa at her house in Nkulumane.
Information according to court records stated that Ndlovu agreed to steal and supply firearms from Perazim Security Company based in Bulawayo, which is owned by his father to commit the crime.
“Ndlovu went to the company and asked for keys from the supervisor, one Miss Nkosiyazi Mhlanga, who is believed to be his sister, under the pretext that he was taking them to the company directors.
While inside the premises, Moketsi a .38 special revolver serial number AA455788, 5 x 9MM rounds of ammunition, 6 x 7.62MM rounds of ammunition 1 x 2.70MM round of ammunition and a 303 rifle with a magazine of five live rounds of ammunition and went to his accomplices, who were waiting in a Honda CRV Registration Number ADM 8218 near the company premises being driven by one Evert Mloyi,” said Mrs Matare.
Mrs Matare said detectives who had been informed about the planned mission, pounced on the accused persons, arrested them and subsequently recovered the firearms.