3 held in $125 000 Nyanga heist

MUTARE - Two guns used in the $125 000 heist of a Fawcett Cash-In-Transit vehicle have been recovered near the crime scene, with three security guards still held by police.

Police say the three are still in custody assisting with investigations.

Andy Laind, Fawcett managing director, shot down suggestions that his security was compromised.

“It doesn’t mean that at all but that on-going we have to review our security, which we do every time,” he said. 

“We have hundreds of Cash-In-Transit vehicles on the road everywhere all day and the incident we have faced is very light in light of the current crime environment in the region.”

The security chief said rising cases of armed robberies were “a new development in Zimbabwe which the public need to recognise and take extra precautions against.”

The $125 000 robbery was pulled-off Hollywood style just off a sharp curve 6km off Mutare-Nyanga road towards Honde Valley, as the truck exited Selbourne.

Patched strategically inside a bend where they could monitor oncoming traffic, one of the robbers waylaid the Fawcett Cash-In-Transit vehicle from a stolen lorry which appeared to have broken down, complete with red triangles.

As the Fawcett vehicle approached from a dangerously narrow bridge, the vehicle sped from its stationery position across its lane ramming into the right fender of the guards’ security van and pinning it into the road’s embankment.

In the confusion that ensued, three bogus policemen arrived feigning concern and inquiring what had happened.

“Our crew believing them to have been policemen, tried to explain and that’s when they were disarmed and forced to open the safety procedures on the vehicle,” Laind explained.

They then loaded the box of money into a VW vehicle which sped off with the four robbers. The guns were thrown out as they drove away.

Eastern Highlands plantation workers have allegedly gone for months without salaries, sources told the Daily News.

Officer Commanding Manicaland Police (Operations) Assistant Commissioner David Mahoya has confirmed that the cash lost was in fact $125 000 and not $400 000 earlier reported.

Police sources say the security guards in police custody were being treated as the main suspects as police are currently going through their phone records “Definitely they are assisting police with investigations,” Mahoya said.

“For us to manage the situation, we need their assistance because they are the ones with the story.”

Comments (8)

The key lesson here is that the majority of our people remain unbanked resulting in the need for cash transactions. Cash carries a huge risk. Every worker should have had a bank account in which salaries would be deposited offsite thereby negating the need to transport cash over such a long distance. South Africa is now a fully-integrated cashless economy and this has assisted so much in reducing incidences of cash heists. My heart goes to the struggling families who must endure yet another delay in accessing what is due to them.

Antony Jongwe - 5 December 2013

antony you are right we should not have cash problems in the country in this time and day. Plastic money is the ay to go. Buy your groceries with your card. Even tuckshops must have that. land lords should accept bank deposits. gardener must have bank accounts, use the card to pay and transfer rentals. Kombis must just have seasonal tickets this will cut off unlicensed kombis which are killing war vets in town. You go to a bank and buy your season ticket and use it on associated kombis period. Hey we can avoid cash queues easily. Cash-in-transit will be cut off.

Maita Manyuka - 5 December 2013

It was planned from Fawcett,bank,board timbers mapurisa rovai vanhu a bit of pain will make the culprits talk but i warn you do not torture them rovai zvinorwadza asi musa kuvadza

Colonel - 5 December 2013

Inga chibhanzi chainge chaita mafero makazoirasa papi!! Xmas muriomo New year murimo MURIPA TIGHT

Mukanya - 5 December 2013

Inga chibhanzi chainge chaita mafero makazoirasa papi!! Xmas muriomo New year murimo MURIPA TIGHT

Mukanya - 5 December 2013

Colonel what's the difference between torture and beatings under police custody? I agree with you that these dudes have a story but investigations must be within the code if conduct. It's not as if our police are not abusive already. Ngatisavapesvedzera. They won't know where to stop if at all they have justification for doing that.

Mhofela - 5 December 2013

Who wants to open a bank account with these exorbitant bank charges and the shortage of depositors' monies from our bank. Whats the cost of going to town to withdraw this money and if I am wrong, whats the individual salaries of these unfortunate workers. Plastic money for the Zim Economy,, My foot!!!

Jack - 6 December 2013

the owners of the plantation should be investigated

Godknows - 6 December 2013

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