GWERU: Two suspected copper cable vandals from Gweru appeared in court this Thursday, facing charges of vandalising copper cables valued at 680 United States dollars.
The two suspects, Tafadzwa Maphosa (32) and Edson Phiri (47) were arrested through a combined operation by the ZESA Loss Control team and members of the Zimbabwe Republic Police after a tip from members of the public.
The co-accused were remanded in custody to the 9th of this month.
A police memo in possession of CommuTalk also highlights that the suspects said they sold their loot to a lady only identified as Mai Zengeya of Ascot, who is still at large.
The arrest of the duo comes barely three weeks after another suspect allegedly abandoned his vehicle before copper cables were recovered from his vehicle in Bulawayo after a similar operation by law enforcement agents.
In another recent case, six men from Bindura who were convicted for vandalising ZESA transformers were sentenced to a combined 120 years in prison this Wednesday.