Alleged thief linked to BDP activist office break-in
A suspected habitual office breaker, Lawrence Dintle was arraigned before Extension II Magistrate Ntombizodwa Ncube this Wednesday facing seven counts of office break-in and theft.
The Court heard that on the 19th of February 2019, Dintle at Gaborone International Finance Park broke into Audit and Accounts (Pty LTD) and allegedly stole goods valued at P45 000.
On second count, Dintle on the 19th of March allegedly broke into ‘In Business Publishing,’ a business belonging to Botswana Democratic Party activist, Roseline Panzirah Matshome and stole property worth P69 800.
On another count on the 31st of March Dintle has been accused of breaking into Top Drawer Insurance company and stealing cash amounting to P10,897-60.
He was also suspected to have on the 11th of April at Finance Park broken into Buzzwana offices and stealing properties valued at P46 250.
On the 12th of April at Commerce Park, the accused allegedly broke and entered into Summit C.P.A.S Chartered Accounts and stole properties worth P18 500.
It is alleged that on the 13th of April at Finance Park he was found in possession of house break-in implements being tyre levers, sharpened metals and screw driver with the intent to commit offence of office break-in.
On the last count Dintle was allegedly caught driving a black VW Golf 5 FSI with fraudulent number plates B577 BCM whereas the same vehicle is registered under the number plates of B433 BIC belonging to Emmanuel car rental.
Investigating Officer Detective Sub Inspector Dipheko told the court that the investigations are at an initial stage and that he needed at least a month to complete them. He said they haven’t recovered the stolen goods and Dintle’s co-accused was still at large.
“During our investigations, we found out that some of the laptops have crossed boarders into Zambia and Zimbabwe where the accused person has found a market for stolen goods. Dintle has more pending criminal cases before the court. He led us to one of the buyers who is currently in custody for receiving stolen goods,” said Dipheko
The State Prosecutor pleaded with court to remand Dintle in custody alleging that he was a habitual office breaker looking at the fact that the many cases he was linked with were committed in three months.
Dintle’s lawyers, Kabelo Nkwe however accused prosecution of not doing their job and bringing half evidence on the pending cases claiming court system was down.
He said searching criminal records with the accused’s name on it was not good enough because there were many Lawrence Dintle in this country.
Nkwe also argued that the tyre levers his clients was found in possession of were used to remove car tyres, not for house break-ins.
The Magistrate ordered that Dintle be remanded in custody to await his bail application ruling on May 7th.