7-man gang blocks road, robs driver

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Front Page - Whins­ley Masara Chron­i­cle Re­porter

A-25-YEAR-Old man from Mbal­a­bala lost US$1 000 to seven uniden­ti­fied ma­chete wield­ing rob­bers.

The rob­bers who are still at large, in­ter­cepted the vic­tim and robbed him of cash while he was driv­ing his ve­hi­cle, along a gravel road in Pi­o­neer vil­lage in Mbal­a­bala.

Mr Njab­ulo Moyo of Iris­vale vil­lage 7, was driv­ing alone when the in­ci­dent oc­curred at around 11PM on Satur­day.

Mata­bele­land South po­lice spokesper­son Chief In­spec­tor Philisani Nde­bele con­firmed the in­ci­dent.

He ap­pealed to mem­bers of the pub­lic who may have in­for­ma­tion on the sus­pects who are still at large to con­tact the po­lice.

“We are in­ves­ti­gat­ing a case of armed rob­bery where seven men pounced on the vic­tim af­ter block­ing the road that he was us­ing. They blocked the gravel road with large stones and when he ar­rived at the spot and was try­ing to fig­ure a way through, the seven men who were armed with ma­chetes pounced on his car and threat­ened to kill him,” said Chief Insp Nde­bele.

“They de­manded cash and took US$1 000 that he had on him and quickly van­ished into dark­ness. They are still on the run and noth­ing has been re­cov­ered.”

He warned mo­torists to de­sist from driv­ing late at night es­pe­cially in se­cluded places.

Po­lice con­tinue to warn the pub­lic against keep­ing large amounts of cash on them to avoid be­ing tar­geted by rob­bers.

Chief Insp Nde­bele said in most in­stances, peo­ple are robbed by crim­i­nals who have in­for­ma­tion on their fi­nan­cial sta­tuses.

He said some­times rob­bers are tipped off that some in­di­vid­u­als have money on them.

“By keep­ing cash on them, peo­ple are putting their lives at risk be­cause the rob­bers can in­jure or kill their vic­tims,” said Chief Insp Nde­bele.—@win­nie_­masara

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