6 December 2017
TWO suspected con artists have been arrested for allegedly using the ‘chadonha’ prank to steal from people.
Edmore Muteyo, 34, and Forgiveness Dongo, 31, of Chitungwiza allegedly stole $24 bond notes and goods worth US$1 258 from unsuspecting people.
The two were not asked to plead to allegations of fraud and theft when they appeared before Harare magistrate Josephine Sande.
They were remanded out of custody to January 9, 2018 on US$50 bail each.
The State, represented by Sabastian Mutizirwa alleges that on August 23, the pair hatched a plan to steal form unsuspecting people.
They came across Dorcas Hwengwere, at around 7pm who had disembarked from a commuter omnibus at the intersection of Speke Avenue and Cameroon Street.
As she was walking along Speke Avenue towards Joina City, Muteyo reportedly pretended to pick something on the ground and Dongo convinced Hwengwere that Muteyo had picked up some money.
Hwengwere was made to believe that she was to get a share and they walked together into Joina City Shopping Mall.
The pair reportedly asked Hwengwere to enter into Pick N Pay Supermarket to count the alleged money and asked her to leave her handbag as assurance that she would return to them.
Hwengwere was allegedly given some papers which were cut and wrapped in a cloth and was made to believe that it was money.
She reportedly gave the pair her handbag with $24 bond notes and a Samsung Galaxy S5 cell phone as she went into the shop.
On October 11, Dongo pretended to beg for assistance from Yolanda Sigauke that she had US$650 which she wanted to change into bond notes.
She continued following her until they reached Chicken Slice at the intersection of Mbuya Nehanda and Kwame Nkrumah.
Sigauke reportedly agreed to help her and Dongo took a cloth wich was wrapping the alleged money from her handbag and handed it to her.
Dongo told her to leave her handbag as assurance that she would come back after she had gone to count the money.
She reportedly handed over a handbag containing a Galaxy Core Prime and Samsung Galaxy S7 cell phone.
She reportedly untied the cloth and realised that they cut pieces of newspapers.
She reportedly found Dongo gone when she returned.
On December 3, the pair was arrested in Chitungwiza and Dongo led to the recovery of the Samsung Galaxy S5.