Drama as dumb supermarket cashier steals US$4 000 and replaces it with RTGS dollars


A VILLAGE Spar employee was yesterday hauled to court charged with theft after she reportedly stole US$4 107 and replaced it with an RTGS equivalent amount while cashing money to the store’s account.

The suspect, Winnie Zhakata (37) was not asked to plead when she appeared before Harare magistrate Isheanesu Matova.

She was remanded in custody to today for bail consideration.

The complainant is Yellow Cab Enterprise trading as Village Spar, Borrowdale, represented by Ian Danny Sibanda, the group’s Risk Officer.

Zhakata was employed by Village Spar as a cashier and her duties included receiving daily cash sales from till operators at the end of every day’s sales.

The court heard that in November last year, Zhakata reportedly stole US$1 345 before surrendering the cash to the Head Office and to cover up the offence, and to avoid early detection, she swiped $112 340 using an ATM card into the Village Spar account.

In December, she reportedly stole US$1 849 and swiped $158 946 using another ATM card into the Village Spar account and did the same thing in January this year and stole US$912 and swiped $78 420 into the Village Spar account.

The court heard that Sibanda did a cash sale reconciliation for the months November 2020 to January 2021, which then unearthed the offence leading to a police report being filed against Zhakata.

Lancelot Mutsokoti appeared for the State

— HMetro

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