Rich church robbed of US$35,000 by thieves from hell


A wave of disbelief and concern has washed over the community of Chinhoyi following a brazen robbery at a local church. The incident, which occurred in the early hours of Saturday morning, saw thieves using explosives to blow open a safe and make off with US$35,000.

The targeted church, located along Highway Drive in the Mzari suburb in Chinhoyi, is a place of worship known for its active community outreach programmes. The theft has left many parishioners shaken, questioning the sanctity of a place that should be a haven of peace and security.

“Police in Chinhoyi are investigating circumstances surrounding a case of unlawful entry and theft which occurred during the night on July 6, 2024, at a church along Highway Drive, Mzari. Unknown suspects gained entry into the church offices and broke the safe before stealing US$35 000 cash,” stated the Zimbabwe Republic Police in a press release.

The audacity of the crime has sent ripples through the community, with residents expressing shock and dismay. “It’s a very sad thing to happen, especially to a church,” said a local resident, who wished to remain anonymous. “It’s a place of worship, a place where people come to find comfort and solace. To think that someone would target it in such a way is just appalling.”

The police investigation is ongoing, with officers combing the scene for any clues that could lead to the perpetrators. A burnt fuse and explosive residue were recovered from the crime scene, indicating the sophisticated nature of the operation.

“We are appealing to anyone with information that may lead to the arrest of suspects to report at any nearest police station,” urged the Zimbabwe Republic Police.

The incident has raised concerns about the security of religious institutions in the area. Church leaders are now reviewing their security measures, with some considering installing additional security cameras and alarms.

“We are taking this incident very seriously,” said a church official, who requested anonymity.

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