Gweru – Seventeen members of three gangs that terrorized Gweru and its environs including robbing Roman Catholic nuns of valuables worth US$5 800 were nabbed by the Police last week.
Midlands Police Spokesperson Inspector Emmanuel Mahoko confirmed the arrests in an interview with The Mirror.
Mahoko said that the gangs have been terrorizing Gweru since the end of last year and they used firearms, machetes and other weapons. They also raped some of their victims.
Goods worth thousands of dollars were recovered and Police is inviting members of the public to come and identify the stolen property at Gweru CID.
Police is still to arrest some members of the gangs who are still at large.
At Xmas Gift Plots, a family was robbed of a firearm, cash and property with a total value of US$2 400.
At Nkululeko plots, two homesteads were broken into and electric gadgets, groceries and gold valued at US$9 000 were stolen.
At Bethlehem Farm, four Roman Catholic sisters were robbed of property valued at US$5 800.
In Claymont, the criminals attacked one family twice.
“Property recovered includes two motor vehicles, a Honda Fit stolen from Southdowns and a Nissan Murano robbed from a man from Mkoba 20. There are various makes of cellphones, gold detectors, television sets and laptops.
“I take this opportunity to thank members of the public who co-operated with us by supplying important information,” said Mahoko
The arrested suspects are Shepherd Gundani (36) of Mkoba 13, Mugove Mutora (33) of Mkoba 5, Charles Munyanyiwa (29) of Mkoba 6, Naison Dube ( 25) of Mkoba 13, Panashe Bhunu (31) of Mkoba 12, Chriswell Bhunu (20), Talent Bhunu (31) of Mkoba 12, Percy Muhauri (25), Benjamin Chipapata (28), Bernard Sibanda (26) of Mtapa, Kudzai Maphosa (24) of Mtapa, Tinashe Mharadze (26) of Mtapa, Prince Tazvivinga (28) of Senga, Nicholas Selinengo (24) of Mtapa, Talent Ranganai (33) of Mtapa, Prosper Rwodzi (33) of Mkoba, Jonas Musekiwa (29) of Mkoba and Cholas Sinengo (24) of Mtapa