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Habitual thief arrested two days after release

Fairness Moyana
An unrepentant serial thief who had tasted freedom after spending time in jail was back behind bars barely two days after being released from prison following a spate of break-ins and thefts in Dete.Graduate Musolwa Ndela (26) of WG5 Ngumija in Hwange who was released from jail recently, hit several premises that include schools, shops and houses in Dete, getting away with hundreds of dollars.

Ndela was convicted on his own plea of guilty before being remanded to 20 April for sentencing when he appeared before Provincial Magistrate Portia Mhlanga facing six counts of unlawful entry and theft.

The court heard that on 13 April following his release on 11 April, Ndela proceeded to Ndangababi Primary School teachersa�� cottages in Cross Dete where he used an unknown object to open the door and gained entry into Felicistas Sithokozile Nyonia��s house.

While inside, he took a blue cylinder, gas stove and pillow case before going away unnoticed.

He took the stolen items to Dete where he sold the gas stove. On the same day at around midnight, Samuel Mapuranga from Victoria Falls was involved in an accident at the 280km peg along the Bulawayo-Victoria Falls road and sustained injuries.

Ndela, who happened to be one of the first people on the scene, took advantage of the condition of Mapuranga and stole an HP laptop valued at $400 from the vehicle before vanishing into the night.

On the following day, he went to Jealous Siansole cottages in Dete where he used duplicate keys to unlock a door to Prince Munkulia��s room.

He went on to loot the room, taking shoes, belts, towels, lotion, socks and perfume before disappearing unnoticed.

Banking on his luck to escape undetected, later the same day, a more confident Ndela proceeded to Gurambira primary school teachersa�� cottages where upon arrival he broke a window pane before gaining entry into Lorraine Nyonia��s house.

He was, however, discovered before he could ransack the place and managed to escape.

However, as fate would have it, he was arrested at Cross Mabale after having one too many.

Police found him dressed in clothes he had stolen from Munkuli who returned to discover that her house had been broken into and made a police report.

Alfred Mzizi appeared for the state.