Three Zimbabwean traffic police officers and an accomplice allegedly robbed and assaulted four business associates before holding two of them hostage in a car boot.
The officers later dumped their victims 15 kilometres from their homes.
National police spokesperson, Assistant Commissioner Paul Nyathi confirmed the incident to ZTN.
“Yes we can confirm the arrest of three police officers together with some civilians in connection with a robbery case that happened in Nyanga where people lost cash amounting to USD1245. The law will take its course and we will get to the bottom of the matter.”
According to police sources Forget Madzitire of Budiriro teamed up with Constables Tariro Rangarirai Madziwa, Listen Sibanda and Tatenda Ndlovu to commit the crime at the weekend.
The four were allegedly intercepted by alert detectives in Rusape in their gateaway car on their way back to Harare.
“One of the complainant’s sons Darlington Mawarira aged 20 of Claremont Farm, made a police report at Z.R.P Nyanga and police detectives at CID Rusape were alerted and they intercepted suspect’s motor vehicle leading to their arrest. Upon search US$648-00 and $160 bond notes, two pairs of handcuffs, one baton stick and a police identification card in the name of number 073671B Constable Ndhlovu. T were recovered,” the source said.
The complainants, Slyvester Makandwa, Sharon Netsai Chombe and Elton Mawarira were injured during the robbery and were referred to Nyanga hospital for treatment.