Detour robbers found with thousands worth of stolen goods


MASVINGO – Four men suspected of carrying out the many robbery cases reported along detours between Chivhu and Beatrice have been arrested and Police found them with thousands of dollars worth of stolen goods.
Police arrested Ngonidzashe Jeke (36), Silent Matambo (25) of Mbare, Tatenda Mukanganise (27), and Wilson Madanhi (29) of Southlea Park at 3am yesterday.

The four were arrested at a roadblock at the 55km peg along Masvingo-Harare highway.

Mash East Police spokesperson Inspector Tendai Mwanza told The Mirror that the suspects were found in possession of 18x15kg ZAP maize seed and brown sugar in a black Toyota Wish registration number AEO 4235.
The vehicle is registered in Jacob Ziveyi’s name and Police are appealing for assistance with his whereabouts.
The four failed to give Police satisfactory answers on where they got the goods.

They then told Police that they were robbing goods from trucks when they reduce speed along detours. They said they delivered goods to Ngonidzashe Jeke’s tuckshop in Mbare.

Police raided Mbare and recovered 35 cases of sugar, 8x50kgs shelled maize, 11 white caps, 18x20litre empty buckets, 1 tubor charger for trucks, 1x50kg rice, 1 bed spread comforter, 5kg matemba, 2x5kg soup powder, and assorted perfumes.

The turbo charger had a name and phone number belonging to its intended owner. Police also searched the suspects’ homes and recovered several food items, clothes, electrical gadgets, perfumes and bags.
“We called the number of the tubor charger and the owner confirmed that her tubor charger and other goods were stolen a week ago from a haulage truck,” said Mwanza.

Mwanza said the robbers break locks or tear tents when a truck reduces speed in the detour roads at night.

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