A shift manager at a fast-food outlet, Chicken Inn, staged a fake robbery with the help of a security guard and stole US$1 730 from a safe.
The manager, Talent Mushoshoma, is being sought by police while his accomplice Robson Tawanda Chiriseri, 26, appeared before the courts on Wednesday charged with unlawful entry in aggravated circumstances.
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The court heard that the duo allegedly hatched a plan to steal from a Chicken Inn outlet in Chisipite, Harare.
Sometime during the night of August 6, Chiriseri, who is employed by Blackshark Security, allegedly left a door open through which Mushoshoma is alleged to have gained access.
Once in the building, according to the National Prosecuting Authority, Mushoshoma unlocked the safe and stole US$1 730 and Z$4 000.
Prosecutors said Mushoshoma and Chiriseri then stage-managed a robbery.
Chiriseri allegedly handed over handcuffs and a pepper spray to Mushoshoma to cuff him to a railing and also pepper-spray his face to make it appear as if he had been robbed.
The two men allegedly shared the money before a police investigation established that the “robbery” had been staged.