Blessing Rwizi Post Correspondent
POLICE had to move in to stop four local university students from meting out instant justice on a suspected teenage serial cellphone thief who had snatched one of their gadgets at a newly opened nightclub. The enraged students claimed that the phone contained their assignments.
“The boy stole one of our phones and we discovered the theft. Unfortunately, we confronted him, he had already given the phone to his friend.
“We grabbed his phone as evidence. He later came back with a mob and attacked us during the same night. They took away another cellphone. We then discovered that he had another case that led to his arrest on the same night,” said one of the students who refused to identify his name.
Meanwhile, the teenager, Tinashe Mugumisi (19) of Village 19, Gondo under Chief Marange’s area appeared in court facing theft charges on an unrelated case. He allegedly stole a Samsung Galaxy Trend cellphone from School Man Investments Shop on Sunday.
He appeared before Mutare magistrate, Ms Perseverance Makala who remanded him to October 17 on his own cognisant. Mr Fletcher Karombe prosecuted. The court heard that on October 1 at around 9.30am, Tinashe entered School Man Investments Shop with the intention of buying a cellphone and braids.
“A shop assistant, Nancy Aguchi placed two boxes of Samsung Galaxy Trend cellphones on the counter. While she was removing braids from the displaying wall, Tinashe stole one of the cellphones and place it into the pocket of his pair of trousers, but Aguchi noticed it.
“Aguchi intercepted him at the door as he was about to leave the shop and asked him to return the cellphone. He returned the phone to the counter. Aguchi made a report at Mutare Central Police Station, leading to his arrest. The total value stolen was $64 and was recovered,” said Mr Karombe.