Three Form 6 Students Nabbed For Stealing 20 Computers At Hartzell High School

Three Hartzell High School students are in hot soup after they were busted for breaking into the institution’s computer laboratory and stealing 20 laptops.

Criminal Investigation Department (CID) Manicaland District spokesperson, Detective Sergeant Shake Shanu confirmed the arrest of Courage Mapiye of Harare, Prosper Munyaradzi Simon of Chikanga Phase Two, Mutare and Prince Mupaza of Whitecliff in Harare.

They are all aged 19.

Three Form 6 Students Nabbed For Stealing 20 Computers At Hartzell High School

 

The Manica Post reports that the trio is expected to appear in court on November 22 after their final examinations.

Circumstances are that, on November 4, a security guard at Hartzell High School, Mr Kenneth Mabika commenced duty and carried out some perimeter checks around the premises.

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Mr Mabika noted that everything was intact and windows were closed while the doors were locked.

There was a power outage when Mr Mabika commenced duty. When power was restored, Mr Mabika carried out some checks and discovered that the computer laboratory door was partially open.

“He advised a Computer Science teacher, Mr Agrippa Mungazi, who came and discovered that 20 laptops had been stolen. A rollcall was instantly conducted at the school and the three accused persons were missing. Mr Mabika made a report at ZRP Penhalonga,” said Detective Sergeant Shanu.

Detective Sergeant Shanu said detectives from CID Mutare attended the scene the next day and fingerprints were lifted.

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Mapiye, Simon and Mupaza were interviewed, but denied committing the offence.

Detective Sergeant Shanu said: “On Sunday, the accused persons were further interviewed and admitted breaking the computer laboratory door lock using a hacksaw and stealing 20 laptops.

“They took the laptops to Chikanga and left them in the custody of Paidashe Mukwada. On the same day, the three accused persons led the detectives to Chikanga where they recovered the 20 laptops and a hacksaw from Mukwada.”

Mapiye, Simon and Mupazawere were charged for unlawful entry into premises and theft.

The total value of the stolen laptops is US$5 500 and everything was recovered.

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