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Security Guard caged for theft from employer

A security guard who was on the run after he allegedly stole property valued at US$66k from his employer and absconded court after being granted bail in 2016 has been arrested.

Justice Jasi, 23, of Domboshava was not asked to plead when he appeared before Harare magistrate Victoria Mashamba who remanded him in custody to January 29.

Jasi faces charges on unlawful entry into premises on aggravating circumstances.

The complainant in this matter is Zodwa Mkandla, the Director of Pioneer Gases Private Limited.

Circumstances leading to Jasi’s arrest are that sometime in January 2015 Jasi gained entry into Mkandla’s house and stole her three duplicate keys, one for the main door, bedroom and her office.

The State alleges that during the period extending from January 2015 to November 2016, Jasi would use the stolen keys to gain entry into Mkandla’s bedroom and office as well as her other rooms.

It was reported that he stole various properties while Mkandla was away on business trips.

As a result of these spates of thefts, in August 2016, Mkandla reportedly installed a Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) system so that she could monitor all the activities that happened in her house during her absence.

When Jasi discovered that a CCTV was installed, he reportedly entered the house, unscrewed and stole the hard drive of the CCTV leaving the empty casing.

On December 1 2016, Mkandla reported the matter to Chinamhora Police Station after she had discovered that her property was being continuously stolen and there was no sign of a break in.

Police officers attended the scene and investigations were done through searches at the respective houses of all Mkandla’s employees.

Searches were also done at Jasi’s house in his presence which led to the recovery of the three stolen keys which were inside his black bag.

Prosecuting, Sebastian Mutizirwa alleges that property valued at US$20 028 was recovered.

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