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Armed robbers were given lift by people ferrying the US$2.5 million cash: ZRP

POLICE have explained the details of how armed robbers robbed men who were transporting US$2.5 Million to Chinhoyi from Harare. 

According to the police, the men transporting the cash picked up 6 male passengers at Westgate, and Inkomo Barracks turn off. Along the way, one robber asked to go for recess, and when they stopped the vehicle one of the robbers disarmed the complaints and loaded the cash into a red Toyota that was in the bush.

Read the full statement released by ZRP below:

The Zimbabwe Republic Police is investigating the circumstances leading to an armed robbery case which occurred on 6th January 2021 around 1400 hours, along Harare-Chinhoyi Road near Gwebi Bridge. Three complainants were travelling in a Toyota Hilux single Cab vehicle on their way to Chinhoyi to conduct a cash-in-transit task.

On board, they had seven (7) cash boxes containing approximately two million five hundred thousand United States dollars (USD2 500 000) and forty thousand Zimbabwe dollars (ZWL$40 000). Along the way they picked up six (6) male passengers at Westgate and Inkomo Turn-off.

On approaching the Gwebi Bridge lay-bye, the driver stopped the vehicle as one of the complainants wanted to relieve himself. One of the passengers produced an unidentified pistol and fired one shot in the air whilst his accomplices disarmed one of the complainants of his 303 rifle.

The suspects then tied the three complainants and drove into the bush where they loaded the cash boxes into a red Toyota vehicle (make and registration numbers unknown) and drove off.

The complainants later made a report to the police. Anyone with information that may lead to the arrest of the suspects to contact any nearest police station or National Complaints Desk on 0242 (703631) or WhatsApp 0712800197.

(P NYATHI)

Assistant Commissioner Senior Staff Officer [Press, Public and Int. Relations] to the Commissioner General of Police Police General Headquarters

ZRP Statement

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