Theft of motor vehicles at night clubs on the rise

Arron Nyamayaro

A NUMBER of people have lost vehicles to thieves while clubbing in Harare’s night spots.

Police have reminded the public to be vigilant and take necessary precautions to ensure the safety of their vehicles.

Harare provincial police spokesperson, Inspector Luckmore Chakanza, urged revellers to enjoy responsibly and to avoid night driving.

He has advised motorists to park their cars in secure and well-lit areas, to use car alarms and immobilisers and to avoid leaving valuables, within sight, in the vehicles.

“Police are investigating a number of car theft cases where motorists lost their vehicles at various night clubs,” said Insp Chakanza.

“Among the victims, Brighton Mafuta (42) of Braeside lost his silver BMW G-String Station Wagon (ADH 5322) that he parked at Liquor Palace Bar, Stodart Complex in Mbare, on Saturday.

“He locked the doors and went into the bar.

“When he returned, he found the vehicle missing.

“Taurai Kazembe (38) of Budiriro 2, lost his silver Toyota Corolla (ADK 2937) he’d left parked at Club Royal Night Club, Budiriro 1 Shopping Centre, on Sunday.

“He locked all the doors and closed all the windows and went into the night club.

“When he left the club at around 2.45am, it had been stolen,” said Insp Chakanza.

Tatenda Zhou (28) of Budiriro 4, lost his blue Honda Fit (ADN 0583) after he was hired by robbers from Mashwede Complex, along High Glen Road, on Monday.

“The robbers said they were going to the Willowvale Flats in Highfield and, upon reaching CJ Hall, Old Highfield, one of the robbers sprayed Tatenda in the face and he stopped the vehicle.

“They pulled him from the driver’s seat and one of them struck him with an iron bar once on the head.

“They searched him and stole a Samsung A72 Cellphone and US$20.

“One of them took control of the vehicle, dumped the complainant near Council Offices along Mangwende Drive and drove off,” said Insp Chakanza.

He also urged those who may have information about the stolen vehicles or suspects to come forward and report to the police.

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