FOUR men who were in the habit of stealing fuel from boosters owned by mobile phone company Econet Wireless around Harare appeared in court Tuesday.
Munyaradzi Umutu, 23, Fungai Chihuri, 34, Albert Mupingo, 34, and Benjamin Kachepa, 30, are being accused of stealing 20,000 litres of diesel from the facilities.
When they appeared before magistrate, Elijah Makomo, the quartet lodged complaints, claiming they were assaulted by the police and forced to help with investigations.
All four were however denied bail and remanded to March 7.
Prosecutor Sebastian Mutizirwa alleged that in June last year the quartet connived with accomplices only identified as Horomba and Shortie.
They went to Borrowdale Semi Levy, Dandaro, Highlands, University of Zimbabwe, Mt Pleasant, Waterfalls, Hatfield, the Mbudzi roundabout and Eastlea Econet base stations where they allegedly stole a total of 20,000 litres of diesel.
The four were later arrested and voluntarily led detectives to the recovery of 80 litres of from Edmore Zisengwe. The fuel was positively identified by Econet Wireless because of its unique blue tint.
A Toyota Hiace vehicle used by the suspects to ferry the fuel from the crime scenes was also recovered.
The quartet’s telephone communication placed them at the crime scenes on dates the offences were committed. Econet Wireless lost $21,600 and about $86 was recovered.
- New Zimbabwe