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Driver vanishes with $26 000

A tile and carpet company in Gweru is counting its losses after its driver vanished with $26 000 he had collected from the company’s branches outside the city.

Chipangura was employed at Tile and Carpet Company
Chipangura was employed at Tile and Carpet Company

Privilege Chipangura (31), who is now on the police wanted list, dumped the company vehicle in Gweru’s Central Business District and was not seen again after he committed the crime two weeks ago.

Midlands province acting police spokesperson Assistant Inspector Ethel Mukwende confirmed the incident.

She said Chipangura of Mambo suburb in Gweru was sent to Kwekwe and Kadoma on August 18 to collect money from the company’s branches.

“We are investigating a theft case in which a company lost a total of $26 000 to a dishonest employee.

It is said that Chipangura who was employed at Tile and Carpet Company as a driver was on August 18 handed over $14 000 by the company Kadoma branch manager and $12 000 by the Kwekwe branch manager and he allegedly proceeded to Gweru and never submitted the money to the authorities,” said Asst Insp Mukwende.

She said after failing to report back to work, the company, using a vehicle tracking system, recovered the car which Chipangura had dumped in Gweru’s CBD.

Asst Insp Mukwende said Chipangura was not seen since that day.

“We appeal to the members of the public with information on the whereabouts of Chipangura to contact Detective Chief Inspector Magocha on 0772818285 or Chief Superintendent Ncube on 0773197284 or any nearest police station,” she said.

Asst Insp Mukwende advised business people to deposit large sums of money into their bank accounts to avoid such unfortunate circumstances. The Chronicle