3 armed robbers raid company, get away with US$25 000 and 6 cellphones

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A BRICK moulding company in Mazowe lost over US$25 000 to three armed robbers who raided their premise on Saturday posing as genuine customers who wanted to buy 60 000 bricks.

After approaching the officials at the company the trio was referred to the general manager’s office as they were negotiating for a discount. While in the general manager’s office, they withdrew two pistols and ordered everyone to lie down and demanded keys to the safe.

They stole US$ 25 340 and six cell phones before locking the six company employees in the company offices. They then fled in their getaway car.

National police spokesperson Assistant Commissioner Paul Nyathi confirmed the incident.

“The ZRP is investigating a robbery case which occurred at a brick company in Mazowe on November 5, 2022 at around 12pm. Three unknown suspects, who were using an unregistered silver Honda Fit Hybrid vehicle, posed as genuine customers who intended to buy 60 000 bricks at the company. The trio was referred to the general manager’s office as they were negotiating for a discount.

“While in the general manager’s office, they withdrew two unidentified pistols and ordered everyone to lie down while demanding safe keys. They stole US$ 25 340 and six cell phones before locking the six company employees in the company offices and speeding off in their getaway car,” he said.

Last month, eight robbers armed with two pistols pounced on a brick moulding firm in the Reinham area of Harare and got away with US$43 590 plus three cellphone, a power bank, passport and driver’s licence.

The eight men were travelling in two grey Honda Fit vehicles.

They attacked three employees at the brick moulding company before stealing the money.

In June, a group of eight armed robbers pounced on a brick moulding company in Milton Park, Harare, and got away with US$220 000 in cash as such cases continue to increase countrywide.

Police said the suspects force-marched one of the employees to the managing director’s office where they forced her to open the safe before stealing the cash.

Meanwhile, police in Zvimba have arrested Chriswell Maponga (42) for a case of stock theft in which he allegedly stole 16 cattle from two complainants in the Zvimba area between October and November 2022.

Police apprehended the suspect during the clearing procedure of 13 stolen cattle, which he intended to sell to a cattle buyer for US$2 000.

Police recovered the 13 cattle from the suspect, and the owners have since positively identified their cattle.

— Herald


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