Neighborhood committee nabs thief 

By Mvelo Mthiyane Zondo


GWANDA- AN alert Ward 9 neighborhood watch crack team arrested a suspected thief at
Senondo Township on Wednesday 23 November, police have confirmed.
According to the report, which was shared by Ward Councillor Thulani Moyo, the security patrol
for the ward during the night arrested a suspect, who was roaming around during the wee hours.
The report states that the suspect was stopped by a Laymark security guard, who wanted to
search him, after noticing that he was carrying a bolt cutter.
Upon searching, the suspect withdrew an okapi knife and stabbed the security while his
accomplice ran away and disappeared into the dark.
However, the security guard called for re-enforcement from his teammates, who quickly came to
his rescue and apprehended the thief.
They then searched him and recovered 8 000 rand, clothing and shoes and a bolt cutter.
Contacted for comment, Matabeleland South Provincial Acting Police spokesperson, Assistant
Inspector Thandolwenkosi Moyo, confirmed the incident.
“I can confirm that Laymark security company guards managed to identify and arrested Leeyroy
Mugadza from Ngundu area in Masvingo province but currently residing at an unknown address
at Phakama Township.
“The security guard applied a stop and search approach to the suspect after noticing that he was
carrying a bolt cutter.
“During the interception, one of the suspects ran away leaving behind Mugadza, who then
withdrew an okapi knife and stabbed the security guard.
“The security guard called for reinforcement, which came to his rescue and they apprehend
Mugadza before handing him over to the police,” confirmed Ass. Insp. Moyo who added that the
suspect was helping police with their investigations.
They have so far discovered that Mugadza is linked to other robbery cases.
Ass. Insp Moyo went on to applaud the neighborhood watch committee and Laymark security
company for a sterling job and advised residents to regularise their committee.
“Neighborhood watch committees must involve police officers because of lack of basic security
training. There might be a situation of mob psychology, which could end up resulting in killing
of a suspect, which is an offence.
“So all security organisations must be guided by procedure, the Constitution and the Criminal
Evidence Act,” explained Ass. Insp. Moyo.

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