Three high school students have been arrested after breaking into their school’s computer lab and stealing 20 laptops.
The three Hartzell High School students who were arrested by the police were identified as Courage Mapiye from Harare, Prosper Munyaradzi Simon from Chikanga Phase Two, Mutare and Prince Mupaza from Whitecliff in Harare.
Recounting how the incident happened, Hartzell High School security guard, Mr. Kenneth Mabika said;
“There was a power outage when Mr. Mabika took office. When the power was restored, Mr. Mabika did some checking and discovered that the door to the computer lab was ajar.
“He advised a computer teacher, Mr. Agrippa Mungazi, who came and found that 20 laptops had been stolen. A roll call was immediately taken at the school and the three accused were missing. Mr. Mabika made a report to ZRP Penhalonga.
Detective Sergeant Shanu said detectives from CID Mutare attended the scene the next day and fingerprints were taken.
“On Sunday, the defendants were questioned further and admitted breaking the lock on the computer lab door with a hacksaw and stealing 20 laptops.
“They took the laptops to Chikanga and left them in the custody of Paidashe Mukwada. On the same day, the three accused led detectives to Chikanga where they recovered the 20 laptops and a hacksaw from Mukwada.
Mapiye, Simon and Mupaza were charged with unlawful entry into the premises and theft. The total value of the stolen laptops is US$5,500 and everything has been recovered.