Armed Robbers Pounce On Mukuru Branch
8 October 2021

Armed robbers pounced on a Mukuru branch (money transfer agent) at Rutenga Growth Point in Mwenezi, Masvingo and robbed US$10 000 after forcing an employee to open a safe at gunpoint.

The unidentified two suspects descended on N&R Wholesalers at the growth point which houses a Mukuru branch and looted cash after firing two warning shots into the air to scare away employees on Wednesday afternoon.

The suspects also got away with two Mukuru Samsung phones worth ZW$40 000 and also lifted the N&R Wholesalers till where they got away with nearly US$2000 and over ZW$21 000.

Police spokesperson Inspector Kudakwashe Dhewa said the suspects first clapped a Mukuru customer who was being served by a teller at the Rutenga branch Mr Wayne Mugwagwa after entering the shop.

One of the suspects allegedly jumped into a booth and took two Mukuru phones before force-marching Mr Mugwagwa to the safe at gunpoint.

Mugwagwa allegedly opened the safe and one of the suspects took US$10 000 and 110Rands.

The suspect then proceeded to the N&R Wholesalers till and ordered Ms Constance Tsopo, a till operator to lie on the ground facing downwards before looting US$1795 and ZW$21 460 in cash.

Inspector Dhewa said after the robbery, the suspects bolted out of the shop and sped off in their unregistered Toyota Probox vehicle.

Police suspect that the vehicle might be one stolen last month in the Bikita armed robbery in which a mushikashika driver was shot and seriously injured before being robbed of cash and his Toyota Probox.- The Herald