STUNG by relentless thefts in their neighbourhood, Rugare residents on Tuesday “arrested” two suspected thieves and handed them over to Warren Park Police Station.
This followed a community meeting to find ways of dealing with theft cases that had risen over the past three months.
The residents said they had lost property, including laptops and other gadgets.
One of the residents told H-Metro a number of youths have been taking drugs and engaging in criminal activities.
“We have met as a community to fight drug abuse and criminal activities involving our own children,” said the resident.
“Yesterday (Tuesday) we apprehended two suspects following a tip-off and took them to Warren Park Police Station since our Rugare Police station has become a white elephant.
“We have agreed, as a community, to deal with anyone found selling drugs, accommodating criminals and entertaining those engaging in criminal activities.
“There are some criminals, from within Rugare, who are stealing goods from homes, tuck shops and cellphones, through the windows.
“Cases are being taken to Warren Park because police officers at Rugare have turned their holding cells into a storeroom.”
A visit by H-Metro to the station showed that the holding cells were stashed with sacks, door and window frames.
“We are appealing to the Commissioner General of Police to address our concerns in Rugare because we are even finding it difficult to report death in our homes or even to walk during the night to lodge reports.
“A complainant, and an accused person, were left alone at the police station and our fears were that she could have been attacked,” said one of the community members.