A suspected serial thief fell from the ceiling of a building in Gwanda town centre on Tuesday morning and was saved from mob justice by police as he tried to flee from the scene.
The suspect was arrested at a place commonly known as Emabhizeni, which is part of partitioned shops that share one roof, along 4th Avenue.
He is suspected to have entered the building at night and broke the ceiling to access other shops before stealing property.
A supermarket employee who witnessed the whole incident said the suspect attempted to flee after he was spotted in the shop. The eyewitness said:
I was just arriving for work when I heard sounds at the back. I made a follow up as it was still quiet with most people not having reported to work yet. I saw the thief trying to jump from the ceiling.
I managed to climb into the ceiling and chased after him and he fell into a shop next door to us commonly known as China Shop. Security details managed to catch him before he fled from the scene.
Matabeleland South provincial police spokesperson Inspector Loveness Mangena confirmed the arrest, saying the man was assisting police with investigations on other cases he is allegedly linked to around the town.