Police arrest armed robbers

POLICE have nabbed a gang of four armed robbers accused of stealing more than 1kg of gold and $20 000 in cash at gun point.

Blessed Mhlanga
Staff Reporter

The four — Tatenda Innocent Masiwire (30), Thomas Mhlanga (39), Simbarashe Manyika (28) and Mududusi Mulilo (32) — are accused of robbing Elliot Chihwendere of $20 000 in cash and 1 105g of gold in the early hours of February 8 at his Westend home.

Police first caught Mhlanga, Mulilo and Manyika last Friday and the three implicated Masiwire, who was nabbed at his Kadoma home in the evening on Valentine’s Day.

Manyika, Mulilo and Mhlanga appeared before magistrate Letwin Rwodzi, facing charges of armed robbery on Saturday and were remanded in custody to February 26.

Masiwire appeared in court before magistrate Taurai Manwere on Monday, who remanded him in custody and advised him to apply for bail at the High Court.

He, however, denied the allegations, stating in his warned and cautioned statement that when the robbery took place, he was in his rural home in Murehwa on February 8 attending a funeral.

“I was not around on the day the crime was committed, I was in Murehwa attending a funeral of my relative who had passed away. What I know is that Morris, Simbarashe and Austin committed the crime,” he wrote in his signed statement.

It is the State’s case that the gang laid siege on Chihwendere’s home just after midnight, armed with a rifle and stole the money and gold worth
$65 000.

Nothing has been recovered, with the police telling the court that they are still carrying out investigations.

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