Thursday, August 6, 2020

Police extend search for stolen gov’t vehicles to Zimbabwe

Masunga police have extended their search for stolen government vehicles into neighbouring Zimbabwe. This follows the recovery of two vehicles in that country.

The cars were stolen from a parking lot at the Tati Land Board in Masunga at the beginning of the month.

According to Assistant Superintendent Sesetse Mashonja of Masunga Police Station, the four stolen vehicles are worth at least one P1 million. The culprits are alleged to have tied the security guards at the Land Board premises where they gained entry and took the vehicles which they disappeared with.

“We have since managed to recover only two of the vehicles in Zimbabwe, a land cruiser and a Toyota 4×4 while the search for the other two continues. Three Batswana suspects and a Zimbabwean national were arrested in Bulawayo last week and have been remanded in custody pending a criminal indictment,” she said.

Mashonja said in conjunction with their Zimbabwean counterparts, they are working hard to locate the other remaining vehicles. Although there was another similar incident in which a Botswana Power Corporation truck was also stolen and recovered in Zimbabwe in the same month, she said that such incidents were very rare in Masunga.

“The suspects in Zimbabwe have been remanded in custody and are yet to appear in court for mention in Zimbabwe. How long it takes will be determined by the court,” said Mashonja.

Botswana does not have an extradition treaty with Zimbabwe.

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