Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) arrested two men who allegedly robbed a West Service Station gas station attendant in Lupane and made off with more than $4,000.
Methuseli Dube (30) from Shabulanyana Village and Mthokozisi Mlotshwa (37) from New Stands, Lupane allegedly robbed Mr Sanangurai Mudzimuwengwe shortly after closing the Lupane Center garage and got away with US$4,350 and 100 R.
The duo was in the company of Ronald Mizikayifani Lusinga who is still at large, according to the the Chronicle.
Dube and Mlotshwa were not asked to plead for theft when they appeared before the resident magistrate of Lupane, Mr Ndumo Masuku.
Ms Nobukhosi Moyo, who represented the state, told the court that the defendant and his accomplice colluded to rob Mr Mudzimuwengwe of his day’s sales.
On July 25, 2022, they watched the Complainant until he fell at 7 p.m.
After knocking it down, Mudzimuwengwe put the money in a bag and went home alone.
The accused who had rented a car from Naison Nyoni for the purpose of committing the crime followed him and cornered him as he walked along a path past two unfinished houses.
They approached and hit him with an unknown object on the shoulder. They grabbed the bag which contained cash, a cell phone and a power bank and fled.
Dube bought a motorcycle in Bulawayo with some of the money.
Police investigations led to him but he first escaped when the detectives questioned him leaving the motorbike which is kept as an exhibit.
He was later arrested in Bulawayo and implicated Mlotshwa who was later arrested in Lupane.
The total value of the stolen money was 4,350 US dollars and 100 rand. A motorcycle worth $1,380 was recovered.
They were taken into custody until next Thursday as police launched a manhunt for Lusinga.
In April this year, the owner of the garage was allegedly robbed of $1,800 cash at gunpoint by suspected armed highway robbers on his way to Lupane from Gwayi where he operates another gas station.
The mechanic had been collecting the day’s sales in his garage when two unidentified men driving a Honda Fit without license plates intercepted him between Halfway and Gwayi River along the highway.
No arrests were made amid concerns over the lack of security in the movement of cash by the owner of the fuel service.