Trio arrested with $0.5 million worth of TelOne cables
A three men gang who were found in possession of a tone of Tel One telecommunications cables worth more than USD$500 000 was busted and arrested by Chipinge detectives.
Misheck Masunungure (50), Amterk Mutumwa (54) and Luke Smoko (52) were arrested following an ongoing crackdown operation on criminals that are vandalising Zesa, Tel One and NRZ infrastructure.
Manicaland provincial police spokesperson, Inspector Tavhiringwa Kakohwa confirmed the arrests.
Three Bulawayo men were sentenced to a total of 30 years in prison for stealing Zesa copper cables in Figtree last year.
“Detectives received a tip off on April 8 that the three accused persons wanted to transport the cables from Middle Sabi to Chibuwe. The patrol team teamed up with Tel One employees from Chipangayi and led an ambush at around 2am,” he said.
TelOne has been a victim of increased network vandalism and copper cable thefts.
Recently, the State-owned operator stepped up efforts to curb these thefts and network vandalism by installing security alarms on the copper cable infrastructure, which silently trigger response in the event that someone tampers with the copper cables.
Furthermore, the company has increased physical security patrols in high-risk areas.
TelOne has also partnered with the Zimbabwe Revenue Authority and the Zimbabwe Republic Police to step up patrols at the country’s borders to control the smuggling of copper stolen from the TelOne network.