By Collins Chirasha
A Chinhoyi businessman lost US$60 000 to eight unidentified armed robbers who pounced at his house on Tuesday night.
National police spokesperson Assistant Commissioner Paul Nyathi confirmed the incident in a statement.
“The ZRP reiterates that members of the public must not keep large sums of money in homes and those with valuable properties in homes must step up security.
The warning follows a robbery case in Chinhoyi on December 12 2021 at about 8;30 pm where a prominent business family was robbed of cash USD$60 000.00 and a vehicle with fertilizer, all valued at US$88 250.
“Eight unidentified men scaled the durawall before they stormed the house armed with two unidentified pistols and hammer.”
Also on Tuesday this week, a Harare man lost US$560 to armed robbers at corner Livingstone Avenue and 6th street, Harare just after receiving the money from a money transfer agent.
The Victim was grabbed by two unidentified men and dragged into a parked silver Nissan X-Salon before being threatened with an unidentified pistol.
Police said investigations are underway.
Most recently, a cash-in-transit team allegedly heading for Chinhoyi was robbed of US$2.5 million by four armed robbers.
“The ZRP is investigating circumstances which led to a cash-in-transit motor vehicle robbery of US$2,5 million and $40 000 which occurred along the Harare-Chinhoyi Road at Gwebi Bridge lay-bye on 6 January 2021 at 2pm. Anyone with information on the four suspects to contact any nearest police station.”
Allegations are that on the day in question, the cash-in-transit team, picked up six male passengers at Westgate and Inkomo Turn-off.
The team was travelling in a Toyota Hilux single cab laden with cash which was stashed in seven cash boxes.
On approaching Gwebi River Bridge lay-bye, the driver stopped the vehicle after one of his colleagues requested to relieve himself.
When the car stopped, one of the passengers allegedly produced a pistol and fired a shot into the air while his colleagues disarmed one of the security guards.
Asst Comm Nyathi said the suspects tied the security guards’ hands and legs before driving the car to a nearby bush where they offloaded the money and drove off in an unmarked Toyota Hilux.