While others sang and danced the night away at the annual Kalawa Homecoming, the city’s thieves and pickpockets also had a busy night, amassing a haul of cellphones and other gadgets from unsuspecting revellers.
The city’s show of the year proved to be a boon for the city’s criminal underbelly, who capitalised on the party atmosphere that characterises the gig to take advantage of unsuspecting and intoxicated revellers.
Such has been the magnitude of their haul that police are calling for those that lost some of their phones on the night to come and see if their gadgets were part of the haul netted by police from thieves apprehended on the night.
Bulawayo police spokesperson Inspector Precious Simango said that police apprehended six suspects on the night, two of them juveniles.
She added that people who had lost gadgets on the night of the Kalawa Homecoming gig were free to check and identify their devices at Bulawayo Central Police Station.
“Police managed to apprehend six suspects on the night who included two juveniles. The two juveniles will be rehabilitated through social systems and tried in juvenile courts.
“People who lost their phones at the Kalawa Homecoming can come and identify them at the Bulawayo Central Police Station,” she said.
According to a source who spoke to B-Metro on condition of anonymity, one of the thieves had been apprehended in the early hours of the morning as they made their way out of the venue carrying what looked like a heavy bag.
The suspect was apprehended by a security detail at the venue who thought he was underage and hence had no business roaming around the venue at that early hour.
Upon inspection of his bag, 34 cellphones were allegedly discovered. The suspected 15-year-old boy is thought to have been working with two older culprits who were using him as their runner while they took care of the harder tasks of pinching the gadgets from revellers.
One of the victims of the thieves on the night was Siyaya supremo and Ibumba Festival director Saimon Mambazo Phiri who lost an iPhone 5 in the VIP section.