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CASHIER Steals US$4,000 WORTH OF CLOTHES FROM JAN JAM, SETS UP PERSONAL SHOP

CASHIER Steals US$4,000 WORTH OF CLOTHES FROM JAN JAM, SETS UP PERSONAL SHOP

A cashier at Jan Jam, Caroline Mutisi, appeared in a Harare court yesterday on charges of stealing clothes valued at US$4,000 from the store and subsequently establishing her own shop with the stolen items.

The 24-year-old Mutisi allegedly exploited her position of responsibility by opening two sealed bale sacks and pilfering dresses and mannequins from Jan Jam.

While some of the missing items were recovered from Mutisi’s newly established store, the prosecution has opposed bail, expressing concerns about the possibility of her absconding. Mutisi is scheduled to appear in court again today.

According to prosecutor Faith Mavhudzi, Mutisi, working as a cashier/salesperson at Jan Jam along George Silundika Avenue between November 13 and 20, was entrusted with three sealed bale sacks containing boutique clothes stock by the complainant, Cynthia Bizure.

On November 22, Bizure discovered that two of the bale sacks were unsealed, prompting a stock take that revealed a loss of US$3,352 worth of merchandise.

Following inquiries, a security guard informed Bizure that Mutisi had been removing wrapped items from the shop and dispatching them via taxi to an undisclosed location.

Upon further investigation, Bizure learned that Mutisi had opened her own shop along Cameron Street. The prosecution stated that a taxi driver was dispatched to deliver the missing stock, which included mannequins and dresses, to Mutisi’s new establishment.

Confronted by Bizure, Mutisi admitted to the act and led her to the shop on Cameron Street, where four mannequins valued at US$600 and dresses worth US$400 were recovered.

The incident was reported to the police, resulting in Mutisi’s arrest. The prosecution argues that her actions constitute a serious breach of trust and opposes her release on bail, citing flight risk concerns.

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