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SUSPECTED robbers broke into the Harare Magistrates Courts on Thursday night and stole a laptop and a printer valued at $1,500 from regional magistrate’s office.
In an interview, chief magistrate, Mishrod Guvamombe, confirmed the incident but could not give detailed information as investigations were still ongoing.
Guvamombe said they only managed to identify how the thieves got inside the building but were yet to ascertain if anything else was missing.
“Yes, there was a break in at Rotten Row Magistrates courts last (Thursday) night and the thieves broke into regional magistrate reception on fifth floor,” he said.
“Entry was gained by removing one glass pane which have been recovered but investigations are still under way.”
He added: “The matter has been reported to the police and they are looking into it right now so we are yet to gather more information.”
Business at the courts was suspended Thursday morning with people ordered to remain outside as the police were still trying to gather information.
The last time there was a known break in at Harare magistrates court was in 2010 when five men broke into the exhibit room with the intention to steal $1,5 million exhibit money.
The five included two policemen who were based at the courts as well as a fourth year University of Zimbabwe electrical engineering student. source-newzimbabwe