Two Security Guards Sentenced to Prison for US$53K Quest Financial Services Theft[Image Credit: Facebook]

Two Security Guards Sentenced to Prison for US$53K Quest Financial Services Theft

Two security guards involved in the theft of US$53K from the crime scene of Quest Financial Services have been sentenced to an effective 24 months in prison.

Guilty Pleas and Sentencing

Cornelius Muchikange and Nesbert Kachungwe pleaded guilty to the offense before magistrate Ethel Chichera on Monday. Initially, they were sentenced to 48 months in prison, with six months suspended on the condition of good behavior for five years.

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Repayment and Suspended Sentence

Additionally, 18 months of their sentence were suspended on the condition that each guard repays Quest Financial Services US$18,650.

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Robbery Scene and Escape

The two guards were among the reactionary teams responding to the robbery at Quest Financial Services, during which $710,000 was stolen. They parked their vehicle at the front of the premises.

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During the escape, the robbers left behind various items, including a grinder, fuse detonators, a bag containing two laptops, and dropped cash. A paper bag carrying money tore, and all the cash fell to the ground, which the robbers failed to retrieve.

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Discovery and Theft

While patrolling the area, Muchikange and Kachungwe stumbled upon the dropped cash amounting to approximately US$53K. They seized the opportunity, taking the money and dividing it amongst themselves.

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Detective Investigation and Arrest

Last Friday, detectives from CID Homicide Harare received information regarding the guards’ involvement in the theft. The detectives acted swiftly on the tip-off, leading to the arrest and subsequent prosecution of Muchikange and Kachungwe.