Ex-cop breaks into police boss’ car, steals laptop bag


A FORMER Zimbabwe Republic Police sergeant appeared before Bulawayo magistrate Tawanda Muchemwa last Friday charged with breaking into his ex-boss’ vehicle and stealing a laptop bag and a screwdriver.


Tavengwa Chimwai (35), however denied the charge and was remanded in custody to May 13 for trial.

The court heard that Chimwai used to be stationed at Bulawayo Fairbridge Construction Unit section before he was dismissed from the police force for yet-to-be-established reasons.

The State alleges that on April 24 this year, Chimwai broke into Superintendent Crissen Masuku’s official car parked in front of ZRP’s Bulawayo Central District headquarters and stole a screwdriver and laptop bag containing books.

Chimwai was allegedly caught in the act before he charged towards Masuku brandishing the screwdriver.

When Masuku retreated, Chimwai took advantage of that and dropped the bag before running away. Masuku fired warning shots which prompted Chimwai to be arrested by other police officers at Tredgold Buildings.

The stolen bag and books were recovered and they are worth $50.