A Harare company this week reportedly lost US$7 500 to five armed robbers who disarmed a security guard manning the premises along Simon Mazorodze Road.
It is said that on Monday at around 8pm, the five robbers scaled a precast wall to gain entrance to the premises and went on to disarm the security guard who had a .303 rifle.
National police spokesperson Assistant Commissioner Paul Nyathi confirmed the incident yesterday and said a manhunt had since been launched for the suspects.
“Police in Harare are appealing for information that may lead to the arrest of five suspects who robbed the company of US$7 500 cash on June 14, 2021 in Waterfalls, Harare.
“The suspects pounced on the victim who was carrying out guard duties at the premises and disarmed him.
“They handcuffed the victim, broke into the reception office and stole the cash. Investigations are continuing,” he said. He urged the public and businesses not to keep large sums of money at their premises.
“We are always urging the public and those conducting businesses not to keep large sums of cash with them. They should not disclose their business dealings to anyone. From the look of it, it appears these suspects had inside information.” Herald
IN OTHER NEWS:Daring armed gang robs Fawcett offices
CHIPINGE- In a well-executed movie-style heist, a daring gang of seven robbers got away with thousands of United States dollars after robbing the Chipinge Fawcett Depot last week, TellZim News has heard.
Police in Chipinge have since initiated a man hunt for a gang of seven armed robbers who pounced on a Fawcett control room and disappeared with thousands of US dollars, South African Rands and Zimbabwean dollars.
Chipinge District Criminal Investigation Department spokesperson Detective Assistant Inspector Vincent Chikuvadze confirmed the incident and appealed to members of the public to come forward with information that may lead to the arrest of the suspects.
“We have launched a man hunt of seven suspects who robbed Fawcett Security Company and walked away with cash. I appeal to the members of the public to come forward with information that may lead to the arrest of the suspects”
“I want to warn would be offenders that the long arm of the law will just catch up with them,” said Detective Chikuvadze.
Sources said the robbers pounced on Fawcett Checheche depot on June 2 around 7 pm after the Fawcett team had returned from collecting daily takings from Gains wholesale and Mukuru money transfer booth at Checheche growth point.
“The team collected USD$6583, R32 110, ZW$11 937 and undisclosed amount of cash from Mukuru money transfer and took the cash to their Checheche depot and secured it in the safe,”
“A Fawcett security officer identified as Last Matewe returned to the security premise and parked at its usual parking bay, and went on to hand over N Richards keys to other officers who were in the control room for safe keeping,” said the source
The source went on to say while he was handing the keys the robbers approached other security guards identified as Nhamo Muhlule and Serverino Tanyaara rmed with a shotgun loaded with seven rounds and disarmed them.