Dangerous robbers on the loose

HARARE - Police have warned that there is a gang of armed robbers on the loose in Harare, attacking homeowners at gunpoint and getting away with expensive vehicles.

Thomson William and Naison Mahawa, who reside in Rhodesville and Greendale respectively, are counting themselves lucky after the gang of armed robbers pounced on them and stole cash and valuable goods at gunpoint.

Tadious Chibanda, the Harare police spokesperson, yesterday told the Daily News that William, aged 50, was on Monday night attacked by the gang of robbers at his Rhodesville house where they got away with a Nissan Hardbody and cash amounting to $4 800 and two wedding rings.

“It seems there is a gang of robbers that is working to wreak havoc in our society. As police, we want to warn them that sooner or later, the long arm of law will catch up with them,” he warned.

“The robbers, who are armed with a pistol, locked the couple in their bathroom after thoroughly searching their house and stole cash and other valuables.

“We are appealing to members of the public not to keep large sums of cash in their homes as this can attract robbers.”

On the second incident reported on the same night, Chibanda said a gang of robbers swooped on Mahawa’s residence in Greendale where they stole cash amounting to $50 and a cellphone valued at $1 000 before attempting to flee with his Ford Ranger vehicle.

“The robbers pounced on him while he was entering his yard and produced a firearm and ordered him to lie down,” the police spokesperson said.

“They got away with his cellphone, cash and his Ford Ranger which they later dumped 200 metres from his yard as it has an anti-car hijack facility.

“Those people who can afford to install such facilities as car tracking and anti-hijack can do so as this help the police and protect their valuable vehicles from being stolen.” - Xolisani Ncube

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