In a classic example of stupidity in crime, police have arrested one of the three armed robbers who raided Agribank at Maphisa in Kezi and got away with about $100 000 on Tuesday.

Detectives pounced on the trio at Shashane River about two kilometres from the bank, two hours after the robbery, counting the money they stole.

Police sources said the stupidity of the criminals made them look good and efficient.

"A suspect called Gift Phiri of Bulawayo was arrested but the others fled. Police found them busy trying to count the money and his two accomplices managed to get away. Imagine we had erected roadblocks on the four major roads leading out of Maphisa when the suspects were still a stone’s throw from the bank," said a detective.

The trio apparently did not have a getaway car and it was not clear how they planned to flee from Maphisa.

"It is such dumb criminals that make police shine because we are now being praised for arresting one of the criminals in record time. He is helping with investigations and we are confident we will get his friends soon," said the detective.

Phiri allegedly was found with about $5,000 in assorted foreign currency and the gun that was used in the robbery while his friends are suspected to have fled with about $95,000.

The trio struck at the bank on Tuesday at 2pm and forced the manager to open a vault where they stole the money at gun point.

They left the manager, a teller and a woman who had come to conduct a transaction at the bank locked in the vault.

Officials at Agribank said they suspected someone at the institution masterminded the robbery because of its timing.

The stolen cash had arrived at the bank the previous day.

"You can tell the robbery was not planned by a proper criminal because they seem not to have thought beyond taking the cash from the bank," said an official.



0#mutirowafanza2014-09-04 08:08
Forgive them,they had never seen so much money in their life. Vaida kutoiverenga. Just to be sure.
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+2#mynameis2014-09-04 08:11
Dumb is not even the word. Ko iwo mapurisa aigozosiiwa sei nembavha irikuremerwa ne 95mita on foot?
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+1#mynameis2014-09-04 08:13
Dumb is not even the word. Asi ko iwo mapurisa aigosiiwa sei nevanhu varikuremerwa ne95mita on foot. mmmm vanenge vakatotora mari varikutivhara
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+2#maitahenyu2014-09-04 08:55
I don't believe this policeman's story real. Following armed robbers means armed and now 2 people running on foot, ndozvima border gezi police officers izvi
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+1#Jack2014-09-04 09:09
:cry: aya mapurisa ndoakatopinda machena. Vatoita cash. Coz wawanikidzwa haungatize ne95 mita ukasabatwa. Mbavha dzakasiya ca$h police ikashare case closed
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+2#Dhara#0072014-09-04 09:23
95 thousand not million kkkkkk
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0#Tora Bora2014-09-04 09:39
I dnt believe this,the cops took all the money
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0#MADHORA2014-09-04 10:04
95 000.KIKIKI,I ill be watching these detective's lifestyles to chack for any changes.vanhu vatema takapusa izvezvi muchaona mapurisa avekufamba ne mota dzakanaka.
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-1#batanayi2014-09-04 10:14
mapurisa ndo apinda machena ,mbavha dzakaonekwa dzichiverenga mari,dzikazotiz a seyi neimwe 95 ,heeee zimbabwe maone
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+1#clemz2014-09-04 11:53
Kkkkkk rob n walking wth a lot of money. Yiziphukuphuku sibili kwakwakwa
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0#ike2014-09-04 18:29
Mapurisa ngaabatwe aya! Vajaira chikorokoza kwavanotorera vanhu goridhe! !!!
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+2#Roell2014-09-04 19:07
Lots of questions need to be answered here. How did the police know of the robbers whereabouts? How many officers where they? In such a case and when dealing with supposed dangerous criminals,where the police not heavily armed so as to let the criminals get away? Don't our police have sniffer dogs anymore? The police also need to be investigated on this issue. The criminals were not arrested in two hours but they were helped to escape within two hours.
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