Family members of a robber who died in prison in 2016 have been arrested after they dug up the yard and garden at the house where he was a tenant more than 13 years ago.
Vincent Matope Gavi was arrested and convicted for robbery in 2008 together with two accomplices after robbing a foreigner of US dollars and South African rands.
He died in 2016 and was buried in Rafingora without disclosing where he had stashed his bounty.
His daughter, Mellisa Mutandwa (20), who resides in Chinhoyi, claimed that her late father’s spirit had spoken to her in a dream and directed her to the house he used to rent with his family before his arrest.
The owner of the house, Anna Liwanga Lukupa, was shocked to find the Gavi family digging up his yard and attempted to restrain them.
Lukupa’s protestations were ignored and she called the police leading to the arrest of the family for unlawful entry.
The deceased’s widow, Nelia Mutandwa, told The Herald that she believed what the spirit said because her daughter was still a toddler when her husband was arrested. She said:
She then came here in the trance and started digging in search of the said money in the company of her uncle Nomore Gavi who is also my late husband’s brother.
I was then informed that my daughter, brother-in-law and other family members who had accompanied her were arrested by the police for unlawful entry.
Meanwhile, heavily-armed police officers were deployed to guard the home where the loot is believed to have been stashed.