TWO Bulawayo men were robbed of R8 850, RTGS$40 and other valuables by six unidentified suspects, who attacked them with axes and machetes, after their vehicle developed a flat tyre along the Bulawayo-Beitbridge highway on Friday.
National police spokesperson Assistant Commissioner Paul Nyathi confirmed the incident.
“Two Bulawayo men lost cash amounting to R8 850, RTGS$40 and various properties after they were robbed along the 292km peg on the Bulawayo-Beitbridge Road. They were traveling from South Africa, when their vehicle, a Toyota Hiace developed a flat tyre. They decided to park on the side of the road and wait until morning to seek assistance,” said Asst Comm Nyathi.
He said they were then approached by six people armed with machetes and axes who pounced on the vehicle and smashed the front passenger window.
“They assaulted the victims with fists and open hands before searching them. Four of the suspects then force-marched the complainants into a nearby bush, while two others ransacked the vehicle in search of valuables,” said Asst Comm Nyathi.
He said police were investigating the matter and urged motorists to move away from dark spots in case their vehicles broke down.
Meanwhile, in an unrelated incident police in Plumtree arrested three suspects in connection with four robbery cases which took place last month at Nyabane Business Centre in the border town.
“The three suspects who were armed with knives targeted shop owners and workers before forcing entry into homes, shops, stabbing victims with knives and demanding cash. They will soon appear in court,” said Asst Comm Nyathi.