Four Chitungwiza residents who drove all the way to Korona Country Shop in Beatrice and stole nine bottles of wine and whisky were arrested with the aid of surveillance cameras. The stolen wine and whisky was worth US$275. Constance Dawaka (33) was jointly charged with three others, Simbarashe Mafunga (35), Trymore Muzondiwa (28) and Victor Sithole, all of Chitungwiza.
On July 27 and at around 9pm, the quartet drove to Beatrice in a Mitsubishi Dion. Upon arrival, they entered the Korona Country Shop and posed as genuine customers yet they wanted to steal. They worked as a team with two of them blocking the security guards while their partners were stealing and hiding the loot under their clothes.
However, the shop had surveillance cameras monitoring their movements.
On the day, however, they walked away with nine 750-millilitre bottles of various wines and whisky, including John Walker Red Label and Jack Daniels. On August 4 they proceeded to the same shop but were identified by a shop attendant, Jujubi Mutendi, who alerted others.
They took to their heels but ran out of luck after Sithole was apprehended, leading to the arrest of the other three.
They pleaded guilty to theft when they appeared before Chitungwiza magistrate Mr Kudakwashe Jarabini, who sentenced them each to nine months in prison.
Each had three months set aside for five years. The other three were suspended on condition they restitute US$275 to Korona Country by end of this month.
The remaining three months were suspended on condition they complete 105 hours of community service.
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