Blazing Betrayal: Court Exposes Police Detectives’ Shocking Plot to Hide US$45,000 Money Heist With Fire at Harare Central Police Station
Startling revelations emerged as three police detectives appeared in court on Tuesday, facing charges related to a fire that engulfed the Harare Central Police Station on August 6. The fire was allegedly orchestrated to conceal the theft of US$45,000.
Cash Mishandling and a Mysterious Fire
According to court proceedings, the trio, despite being directed to secure the cash in a safe at the homicide division, reportedly stashed it inside a four-plate stove kept in the exhibits room. In the early hours of August 6, a fire broke out, devastating the police station.
Firefighters battled the flames for hours before investigators discovered that the cash had mysteriously vanished prior to the fire.
Detectives in the Dock
Detective Inspector Stanley Musekiwa, Detective Constable Takaidza Mugwisi, and Detective Sergeant Masimba Stanley Gwasunda appeared before Harare magistrate Marehwanazvo Gofa, facing charges of theft and malicious damage to property.
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Prosecutor Pardon Dziva revealed that the money, recovered from a suspect in a home invasion case, was handed over to Musekiwa, who entrusted it to Gwasunda. However, instead of securing it in the designated safe, they concealed the cash in the stove at the CID Stores.
A Calculated Crime
Under the cover of darkness, the accused officers allegedly took advantage of an electric fault at the police station to stage a break-in. They used keys, rather than the padlock, to gain entry to the exhibits room, reported ZimLive. The stolen cash, along with numerous other exhibits, was destroyed in the subsequent fire.
The fire brigade, after conducting a thorough investigation, concluded that the fire was intentionally started in Room 26. A forensic report further confirmed the absence of any cash residue in the stove before the fire.
Bail Hearing and Further Proceedings
Despite being on guard duty, Mugwisi mysteriously disappeared from the crime scene when the fire brigade arrived. The prosecution is opposing bail for all three officers.
Magistrate Gofa postponed the bail hearing to 2 PM on Tuesday, granting time for further examination of the case.