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Passenger Steals US$65k From Car Boot, Flees nto The Bush

A man carrying $65,000 in cash in his car was left empty-handed after his passenger, upon arriving at the Banket Shopping Centre Bus Stop, grabbed the bag containing the money and fled into the bush.

The incident occurred on Sunday, January 29.

“The complainant had offered a lift to Jey Mushati from Harare to Banket. After reaching his destination, Jey Mushati stole the money which was stashed in a bag in the boot of the complainant’s vehicle, before running away in the bush,” said the police in a statement.

But Mushati, 33, was not to enjoy his ill-gotten gain alone, as other opportunists immediately rushed in for their cut.

Tongai Talent Mupatutsa, 38, Osborne Mutemachani, 40, and Tendai Kapita, 37, followed Mushati into the bush and became shareholders in the stolen assets.

Mushati purchased a Mercedes Benz with the registration number AFC 3071.

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His newfound wealth was snatched away within days when authorities captured him and the three victims of his grab-and-run scheme.

Police recovered US$37 907 cash and the vehicle.

The police urged people to stop setting themselves up as targets:

“We continue to appeal to members of the public to desist from carrying large sums of money as they will likely fall prey to criminals.”

In other news, the Government of Zimbabwe has lifted its ban on Bus operator Rimbi Tours and subsequently cancelled the transporter’s permit to operate the Harare-Nyamapanda Route.

Rimbi Tours was initially banned when its bus that was racing with a Zebra Kiss bus rammed into the back of a Shacman Tipper which was travelling in the same direction, killing one and injuring several others.

Both transporters were suspended in terms of sections 51, 52 and 53 of the Road Traffic Act, which prohibits driving without due care and attention or reasonable consideration for others, negligent or dangerous driving and reckless driving.>>>Continue Reading

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