Dema family robbed as robbery cases increase

Crime Reporter

FOUR robbers who were armed with an FN rifle and two pistols raided a homestead in Dema and got away with property worth US$3 000 and a Mazda Familiar vehicle, as robbery cases continue to increase countrywide.

No arrests have been made so far and investigations are in progress.

National police spokesperson Assistant Commissioner Paul Nyathi said they have since intensified patrols to curb criminal activities.

“Police in Dema are investigating a case of robbery which occurred at Mabika Village on November 23, 2021, where four unknown male adults armed with a suspected FN rifle and two pistols stormed a home.

“They stole property valued at US$3000 demanded car keys from the complainant before they stole a Mazda Familia vehicle registration number ADB 0278. Anyone with information must contact the nearest police station,” he said.

The incident comes after five armed robbers raided a house in Waterfalls Sunday morning and attacked the owners before they got away with various electrical gadgets and a Toyota Hiace vehicle, all worth over US$24 000 while another group of armed robbers raided four shop owners in Matobo after firing shots to disperse patrons.

In Harare, on November 21, 2021 at around 0230 hours, the five robbers who were armed with an unidentified pistol stormed the house in Waterfalls.

The robbers attacked four people who were sleeping in different rooms while threatening them with a pistol and demanding cash. They stole cash and property ranging from cellphones, DStv decoders, blankets, carpets, a television set and a Toyota Hiace vehicle (AFO 0669), all valued at US$24 000.

On their way out, the suspects attacked two other people before deflating the rear tyres of their Toyota Aristo vehicle and cut battery terminals of a Hino Dustro lorry that was parked in the yard.

In a related incident, police are also investigating another case of armed robbery which occurred in Matobo on Sunday at around 8pm, where seven robbers who were armed with four unidentified pistols and knobkerries stormed Silozwe Business Centre and fired two shots to disperse patrons before robbing four shop owners of cash and valuables worth US$1 170, R2 080 and $5 400.

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