Mourners visiting cemeteries for burials have been warned to be extra vigilant, as thieves are now prowling burial sites and stealing from their cars while they pay their last respects.
This follows after 2 men from North End were brutally assaulted by a mob of angry mourners, after they were busted stealing in cars at Athlone Extension Cemetery, Bulawayo while other mourners were burying their relative.
The unidentified thieves who were caught before they could flee, had stolen purses, cellphones and groceries from the mourners’ parked cars.
Ward 7 councillor Shadreck Sibanda spoke on the matter
“I have noted that there has been an increase in theft from cars, especially at cemeteries. I want to know if the chair has heard those issues and what can be done to stop such cases,”
Ward 9 councillor Donaldson Mabutho agreed with him and said they should deploy council security officers to watch over mourners’ cars while they attend burials.
Elton Mashamba a resident from North End, spoke to local publication Bmetro saying the thieves are the lowest of them all, as they take advantage of grieving people and they have no respect for the dead.
“I think security should also be tight at these cemeteries whereby municipal security officers will be watching for suspicious people,” he suggested
One of the victims of graveyard robberies , Agnes Ndlovu (52), said she lost cash, two cellphones, door keys to her house and bank debit cards after her purse was stolen from her car while she was burying a family member at Athlone Cemetery.
“It’s so hard. Last month thieves broke into my car while attending the burial service of a relative at Athlone Extension and disappeared with my purse containing cash amounting to US$80, two cellphones, door keys to my house, bank debit cards and other essentials which were inside,” l
Nicole Mhlanga a Mzilikazi suburb resident, said people can’t even mourn in peace now as they are busy worrying about thieves breaking into their cars.
A Bulawayo City Council security officer advised mourners to take their purses with them and remove valuables from the car while they attend burials so thieves won’t take advantage.
Fraudster arrested after swipping for $390 000 groceries
A fraudster has been arrested after he swiped for groceries worth more than $398 000 at OK Supermarket in Hwange using a bank card that had been tampered with.
The man, Brian Pedzisa of Chitungwiza, was arrested on Thursday and is suspected to be among a gang of people who have been using cloned cards and other bank card related tactics to con various retail shops across the country.
Detectives on Thursday pounced on Pedzisa at the supermarket, moments after he was about to get out after swiping for groceries worth $396 384.
Matabeleland North provincial police spokesperson Inspector Glory Banda confirmed the incident and said police were now looking for two other people linked to the sca
“On 10 June 2021 a gang of three fraudsters tried to defraud OK Hwange Supermarket of groceries worth $396 384.
One of the fraudsters successfully used an electronic Visa card to make purchases but before he could make off he was arrested by a team of watchful detectives who were working on a tip-off. Upon being interviewed the suspect revealed that he was working with two other accomplices who are still at large,” said Insp Banda.
He said the gang had used the same strategy to defraud OK Mart Victoria Falls of an undisclosed amount in groceries. He appealed to members of the public to assist with information leading to their arrest.
“The two accomplices are on the run anyone with information that could lead to the arrest of these two criminals can report at the nearest police station,” said Insp Banda.
He called on shop owners to enhance security to avoid such incidents which were on the rise in the country.
“As police we would like to implore shop owners to enhance security at their premises through use of alarm systems and Closed Circuit Television. Retailers should examine electronic cards and do necessary verifications before processing of electronic transactions. For the record some fraudsters misrepresent themselves as humanitarian workers.”
According to sources privy to the incident, the gang would approach the supermarkets seeking a quotation for groceries pretending that the transaction wanted would be effected from a nostro account. Later one of the gang members would return to make purchases using a Visa card whose microchip would have been tampered with. Sunday News
BREAKING : Former Studio 263 actress Anne Nhira dies in SA
Former Studio 263 actress Anne Nhira who acted as Vimbai Jari in the soap has died.
She was 38 years old.
Her brother Juan Nhira confirmed the news.
“She sustained injuries on her chest area, rib cage and back during a robbery on Monday afternoon in Bedford view South Africa. She was only 38 years of age,” he said.
Juan said her funeral arrangements will be announced in due course. Rest in peace Anne.
Watch: Chivhu mother beheads her four children sets house on fire
Video footage has emerged after a Chivhu mother allegedly beheaded her four children before setting the family house on fire.
Police said on Twitter, “The woman then surrendered herself to the Police.”
National Police Spokesperson Assistant Commissioner Paul Nyathi said he was not in a position to give further details as the case was in it’s infancy.
“Our police officers are still attending the crime scene,” he said.
The incident occurred in Highview suburb in Chivhu which is about 146km from Harare.
The woman’s name and age could not be immediately established.
Meanwhile, videos of the multiple murder scene have surfaced online.
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