A GARDNER at a Borrowdale private home confessed to stealing US$70 000 and R95 000 in cash from his employer and buying a vehicle which has been recovered.
The incident came to light when 30-year-old Tatenda Ngurazi appeared at the Harare Magistrates Court charged with theft.
The presiding magistrate, Yeukai Dzuda, remanded Ngirazi in custody to February 22 for bail application.
The court heard that Ngirazi was employed as a gardener and his accomplice, Taurai Shonhiwa as a maid at a private home in Borrowdale.
It is the State’s case that sometime in January 2020, the complainant Shadreck Zvarivadza left the money in a safe in his bedroom for safekeeping.
Between January 2020 and February 2022, Ngirazi allegedly gained access to the bedroom and stole the money. He left his hat at the scene.
The theft came to light when Zvarivadza wanted to use the money on February 4.
On being questioned, Ngirazi voluntarily admitted stealing the money and implicated Shonhiwa.
He used some of the money to buy a Toyota Ipsum. Zvarivadza effected a citizen’s arrest and recovered the vehicle.