Zimbabwe: Robbers Raid Service Station, House and School

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Three gangs of armed robbers raided a house and school in Harare and a petrol station in Banket and made off with more than $13,000, R3,500, a gun and electrical appliances in three raids during of the weekend.

No arrests have been made and investigations are ongoing.

Police said on Sunday three armed robbers, two of whom were armed with pistols, raided Mac Morgans petrol station in Banket and disarmed two security guards before tying them up with shoelaces.

The gang stole $5,200, two cell phones and a .38 Rossi revolver, national police spokesman Deputy Commissioner Paul Nyathi said.

A gang of five armed robbers raided a house in New Tafara, Harare on Saturday and stole five mobile phones, 20 pairs of shoes, three watches, a laptop, $5,300 and R3,500 before disappearing.

Also on Saturday, a group of four raided a school in Riddle Ridge, Harare, around 11 p.m.

The thieves were armed with machetes, iron bars and stones and attacked security guards at a school before entering the administration block where they stole a 42-inch television, a cellphone and $2,770, a said Assistant Comm Nyathi.

Last week, seven people lost over $17,000, cars and property worth over $9,000 and R248,000 to armed robbers who ambushed them in separate incidents in all the countries.

Meanwhile, police say they are still pursuing the four robbers who recently raided a Mashwede Holdings food court and two other premises in Southlea Park, Harare, and got away with a Mitsubishi double taxi and more of US$5,000. The vehicle, which was parked at the scene for safekeeping, was later found abandoned in the Nyatsime area of ​​Chitungwiza.

Nearby was the safe containing the money that had been stolen from Mashwede Holdings.

Police said the robbers, who were armed with a pistol and a rifle, attacked two security guards whose hands they tied with shoelaces.

The gang then proceeded to the Virtue gas station where they used a hammer to smash a metal screen in order to enter the premises.

They then ransacked a butcher shop and took 290 US dollars which were in one of the drawers of a desk before going to a convenience store on the premises where they stole electrical appliances.

The gang traveled to Chicken Mash owned by Mashwede Holdings and forcibly smashed the aluminum doors with a hammer before attempting to smash a safe containing cash, but failed. They loaded the safe onto the Mitsubishi truck which they then threw away. It was not the first time that Mashwede Holdings had been hit by armed robbers.

In 2020, armed robbers raided Mashwede Holdings and made off with over $100,000, R42,000, $14,000 in fuel vouchers, firearms and 20 live cartridges.

The heist reportedly involved five Mashwede Holdings employees and nine thieves.

Among the five workers were two brothers related to the company owner, while two were security guards.

The five workers and two armed robbers, Musafare Mupamhanga, Conwell Kasambarare and their other accomplice were then arrested and appeared in court where their case is still pending.

Kasambarare, also believed to be part of the notorious Musa Taj Abdul gang, has since gone into hiding after being released on bail.

He faces multiple charges of burglary and burglary.

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