By Blessings Chidakwa
A serial burglar facing 26 counts of unlawful entry has been arrested after months of breaking into houses in Kadoma stealing gadgets including 31 smartphones, laptops, cash and other valuables worth thousands of dollars.
Terrence Muleya yesterday appeared before Kadoma Magistrate Miss Ruvimbo Murandu facing 26 counts of unlawful entry and pleaded guilty to 13 of the charges.
The larcenist who terrorised Kadoma residents since last August up to this week stole various items including among others, three laptops, at least a$1 000 hard cash, 1.7 grammes of gold, an assortment of groceries, metal cash box, clothing items, $75 airtime, 12 pairs of shoes, 24 bricks of Madison cigarettes, gas tank and a two plate gas stove.
Magistrate Murandu, however separated the cases into two after the state represented by Adam Wenyimo successfully applied for separation of the cases arguing that the first one should be the one in which Muleya pleaded guilty to the 13 charges while the other case that of charges he denied with its trial set to be done separately at a date to be advised.
On the first case, the Magistrate then convicted Muleya on his own plea of the 13 charges he admitted to have committed the crime and remanded him to custody until March 25 for sentencing.
Wenyimo told the court that between August last year and March this year Muleya unlawfully gained entry into 25 houses in Rimuka and one in Westview Suburbs.
The looter, however, told the court that he would steal the items through the window or safely enter into unlocked houses.
Some of the charges as read by Wenyimo in court are that on December 15, 2018 Muleya unlawfully entered into house number 6226 Tafadzwa Infill in Rimuka and stole two Nokia, Samsung J1, Samsung J7 cellphones, blue suit and cream suit jacket belonging to Emmanuel Chiponge.
On another count, on December 28, 2018, Muleya also unlawfully entered into Learnmore Tsotsi’s house where he stole 1.7 grammes of gold.
Muleya, on another count sometime in January is alleged to have gained entry at a house in Rimuka where he stole a Samsung J1 cellphone, three pots, two kilogrammes sugar, 3Kg gas tank, two plates gas stove, four pairs school shoes, other eight pairs of shoes and an iron cable.
The serial theif on March 18, this year also broke into another house in Rimuka and stole RTGS $65 and airtime worth $75. H-Metro