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Two schools lose cash to robbers

Crime Reporter

Two gangs each of three armed robbers raided two schools in Harare and got away with over US$5 000 and $68 000 after attacking security guards who were manning the premises.

Police have since launched a manhunt for the robbers who are believed to be targeting schools keeping large amounts of cash.

In Budiriro, the first gang of three armed robbers got away with US$1 600 after attacking four security guards manning a secondary school while in Kuwadzana 8, another three armed robbers got away with over US$3 500 and $68 000 after attacking two security guards.

In a statement, national police spokesperson Assistant Commissioner Paul Nyathi said the Budiriro 1 attack occurred on Saturday when the gang of three armed with a pistol attacked four security guards who were on duty at the school before gaining entry into the bursar’s office where they broke open a safe and stole US$1 600 cash. Anyone with information to report at any nearest Police Station,” he said.

The Kuwadzana 8 robbery took place on Thursday when the three robbers attacked two security guards who were on duty at the school before blowing a safe with unknown explosives. “The safe was in the bursar’s office. The suspects stole US$ 3 551 and $68 000 cash as well as two swipe machines. Anyone with information to report at any nearest police station,” he said.

Meanwhile, police are also investigating another four armed robberies which occurred on Thursday between 4.30am and 6am in Bindura, Glendale and Mazowe in which six people lost their valuables to three robbers travelling in a black BMW vehicle.

The robbers who were armed with a pistol and knife offered the complainants a lift before attacking them along the way and stealing cash, cellphones and laptops among other valuables.

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