A pastor from Bulawayo was arrested for allegedly stealing US$1 450, R21 300 and P27 000 from his girlfriend whom he had visited for a sleepover.
Patrick Judas Masanga (30) who is a pastor with House of Grace Ministries betrayed the trust of his lover after he visited her at her home in Cowdray Park suburb for a sleepover.
A source close to the incident said Masanga arrived at his lover’s place at around 9 pm on Thursday last week and found her about to sleep.
“When he arrived at his lover’s home she was preparing to go to bed and he immediately joined her. She never thought that her lover had other ideas when he woke up during the night and opened a safe which contained her cash and took US$1 450, R21 300 and P27 000,” said the source.
The matter came to light on Monday this week when she wanted to buy a car which was being sold by her friend.
“She got the shock of her life when she discovered that US$1 450, R21 300 and P27 000 was missing and when she asked Masanga about the missing money he denied ever stealing it,” the source said.
The woman reported the matter to the police leading to her lover’s arrest.
Masanga made a U-turn at the police station where he claimed he only took US$135 and R2 800.
Bulawayo police spokesperson Inspector Abednico Ncube confirmed the incident and urged community members never to keep their money at home.
Efforts to get a comment from Masanga were fruitless. He is expected to appear at Western Commonage Court charged with theft.