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    Beitbridge CID arrests ‘killer’ robbers


    ELLEN MLAMBO
    BEITBRIDGE BUREAU

    BEITBRIDGE – Two armed robbers suspected to be part of a ring that recently shot and killed one passenger in a Regstep bus travelling from Harare to Beitbridge were  nabbed by Beitbridge CID on Sunday.
    Police believe that they are part of a bigger syndicate responsible for terrorizing passengers in cross border and local buses.The two appeared at Beitbridge Magistrate’s court on Monday facing armed robbery and murder charges.
    The Officer Commanding Beitbridge District (dispol), Chief Superintendent Tichaona Nyongo confirmed the incident.
    “I can confirm the reports of the arrest of two armed robbers which is being handled by Beitbridge CID and investigations are still underway” said Nyongo.
    The two suspects who were arrested at a roadblock at Masvingo turnoff in Beitbridge when Police officers were carrying out searches boarded an Urban Connect bus heading to Harare. They boarded the bus at Mapai turn off with the intention of robbing passengers along the way.
    They told the Police that after the planned robbery, they wanted to proceed to Harare where they would board a bus to Zambia at Road Port and rob it along the way.
    During searches, one suspect was found in possession of a revolver and further searches saw the second accomplice being nabbed as well.
    They were taken to Beitbridge Police station where they indicated that they had left a bag with a round of ammunition in the bus.
    Bus attendants were phoned and nine rounds of ammunitions were discovered in a bag they had hidden in the bus.
    Investigations indicate that the suspects are implicated in a number of robberies that took place in buses in several places and South Africa Police, Harare homicide and Masvingo Police have been alerted of the arrest.
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