A HARARE man has gone into hiding after he allegedly stole gold worth more than US$36 000 from people he duped into believing he could smelt before they sell it to Fidelity Printers and Refineries. Noah Makombe alias Mabasa (34) and four accomplices who have since been arrested duped the complainants in March. Criminal Investigations Department spokesperson Detective Inspector Augustine Zimbili said Makombe and his gang sold the gold and converted the money into their own use.
"Following misrepresentations, the complainants gave the five suspects gold worth US$36 400 for it to be processed before they could hand the processed gold back to the owners who in turn could sell it to Fidelity Printers," he said. "Instead of fulfiling the trust invested in them by the complainants, the suspects unlawfully and intentionally sold the gold and converted the cash to their own use or personal gain, thereby permanently depriving the complainants of their gold." Police are appealing to anyone with information leading to the arrest of Makombe to contact Detective Asst Insp Nyoni of CID Serious Fraud on 0772 604 018 or any Police Station.