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.
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.