3 young men break into Defence Ministry offices, get away with property worth $3 500 000

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THREE young men aged 16, 19 and 20 appeared in court yesterday after they allegedly broke into the Ministry of Defence and War Veterans Affairs office at Batanai Gardens in the central business district.

Kumbirai Mashiri (19), Panashe Gunzvi, (20) and a 16-year-old whose name has been withheld, appeared before Harare magistrate Yeukai Dzuda.

The three are related. They are also related to Innocent Gunzvi, who is on the run, and was employed at the Ministry of Defence and War Veterans Affairs.

Allegations are that Owen Seketa, the procurement and administration officer, knocked off duty and secured his office on December 24 last year.

It is alleged that over the holidays, the trio, together with Gunzvi, connived to break into the storeroom.

They allegedly entered the storeroom through the ceiling and while inside, they stole seven desktop computers and 10 x 500 grammes Nescafe Coffee, detergents and other supplies.

The court heard that they went to hide some of the loot in Borrowdale, where Gunzvi’s girlfriend Phoncine Nhanga, stays.

The other property was allegedly hidden at the home of Gunzvi’s wife, Brenda Chitsinde, in Southlea Park.

The police arrested Gunzvi and Mashiri who led to the recovery of some of the property. The value of the stolen property is $3 500 000 and property worth $485 000 was recovered.

– HMetro

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