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    2 Mberengwa cops implicated in another robbery


    TARIRO MACHOKOTO

    ZVISHAVANE -
    Two Police officers from Mberengwa and 6 accomplices have been arrested on allegations of robbing $78 000 worth of goods from Plot 8 Impali Source in Shurugwi.
    Isaac Kawundura (33) stationed at ZRP Support Unit Buchwa, Moses Karumbidza (30) of ZRP Mataga, Thulani Nkala (38) of Maglas Zvishavane, Hardlife Mazheke (28) of Highlands, Tady Magama (25) of Platinum Park, Learnmore Makore (27) from Maglas, Wellington Moyo (34) from Eastlea and Taurai Matarirano appeared before Zvishavane Magistrate Shephered Munjanya on Monday for armed robbery.
    It is the State case that on December 6, 2018 the accused went to Plot number 8 Impali Source in Shurugwi and robbed Jonas Mapondo (33), a registered gold buyer, Sylivia Gomba who is Mapondo's wife and Yotum Marumisa who is a gold miner of Shurugwi.
    They approached Mapondo's house and pretended to be Police officers on duty as they were putting on uniforms and armed with pistols and rifles.
    The accused persons force-marched customers who were waiting for their payments into the house.
    Three of the accused persons entered into a spare bedroom where Mapondo's daughter Shylen Mapondo [9] was sleeping and awakened her. They took a purse which had $2000 bond notes belonging to Mapondo's wife. The accused persons ordered the daughter to show them where gold was kept.
    Shylen then led the accused persons to the master bedroom where the accused persons took a Czech Republic [CZ] Pistol 6.35 mm callibre serial number 97210 with a valid firearm certificate number 517870 and 47 rounds. The firearm was inside the gun cabinet. The accused persons also took an unknown amount of cash.
    The accused persons were led into another spare bedroom where they took approximately 700 grams of smelted gold valued at US$21 000-00 from the wardrobe and a furnace which was under the bed and went out of the house.
    The accused tied all of them with shoe laces and ordered them to lie down. They searched them and forcibly took 14 various cellphones 5 x Samsung, Nokia 1200, 3 x Itel, Mobicel, Mobiwire, Vodacom, Econet cellphone and AG Mobile all valued at approximately US$3 000-00, cash amounting to $800-00 bond notes and a US$50-00 note.
    They ordered Marumisa to surrender car keys to his white twin cab Ford Ranger valued at US$25 000. Some of the accused got into the Ford Ranger and some got into the Toyota Fortuner and drove off.
    The value of the stolen property is $78 839.00 and $40 000 worth was recovered.
    The accused will appear at the Regional court tommorow for continuation of trial. 
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