IN a shocking case of juvenile delinquency, a 15-year-old Sakubva High School Form One girl allegedly stole $6 500 from her mother and splashed it with boyfriends in a movie-style two-day spending spree at hotels and lodges dotted across the country.
When she was finally arrested with her accomplices, they had spent half of the amount on booking rooms, buying clothes as well as hiring taxis to their hideouts.
Manicaland provincial police spokesperson Inspector Enock Chishiri confirmed the case.
He said the teenager (name withheld) stole the money from her mother, Thokozile Masukutwa (52), of House Number 146, Area 13, Dangamvura, Mutare, on October 21, 2014.
“On that day, the mother reported to the police that her daughter had unlocked the bedroom door using duplicate keys and stole $6 500 which was hidden under the bed. Police officers followed up. The following day at around 4pm they picked information that she was staying in Dangamvura with her boyfriend, Trymore Nugobo (19) from Sakubva.
“When they arrived at the reported place, they had left and they were told that they were now in company of a third person, one Oscar Ndundu from Sakubva as well,” said Insp Chishiri.
The following day at around 6am, police picked information to the effect that they had travelled to Leopard Rock Hotel in Vumba.
Detectives followed, but they found no one as the love birds had checked out of the hotel the previous day at around 10am.
“During investigations detectives discovered that they were using a taxi. They looked for the driver of the said taxi and found him after they approached the owner of the vehicle who helped them.
“Upon being questioned, the taxi driver acknowledged that he had ferried them and was even hired to drive to Harare to fetch another juvenile (name withheld) from Chitungwiza, Ndundu’s girlfriend. She is a Form Two student at Beverley Hills College,” he said.
They were later caught at Small World Lodge in Vumba.
Police recovered $3 315, R580 and an assortment of valuables which included clothes and cell phones.
The matter did not go to court as the complainant withdrew charges.
Insp Chishiri urged individuals and corporates from keeping large sums of money at home or at work places but bank the money.
Source: Manica Post