Po­lice warn com­muters against armed rob­bers

The Herald (Zimbabwe) - - Harare Metropolitan News - Panashe Machakaire Her­ald Re­porter

PO­LICE have warned com­muters against board­ing un­reg­is­tered pri­vate ve­hi­cles at un­des­ig­nated points as a pre­cau­tion­ary mea­sure against ris­ing cases of armed rob­bery in Harare.

Harare pro­vin­cial po­lice spokesper­son In­spec­tor Web­ster Dzvova said armed rob­beries were on the in­crease and warned that the crim­i­nals were us­ing Toy­ota Raum, Spa­cio, Ip­sum and Honda Fit ve­hi­cles.

“Th­ese crim­i­nals come to un­des­ig­nated places to pick up un­sus­pect­ing com­muters and there will be three to seven oc­cu­pants in the ve­hi­cle and they pre­tend to be in a hurry or to be run­ning away from traf­fic po­lice of­fi­cers,” he said in a state­ment.

“Along the way, they will di­vert from the route and the pas­sen­gers will be robbed of their valu­ables.”

Insp Dzvova urged peo­ple to avoid mov­ing around with large sums of money.

He also ap­pealed to mo­torists not to of­fer lifts to strangers.

“Crim­i­nals pre­tend to be gen­uine com­muters and board pri­vate ve­hi­cles and they make sure that at least two of them get into the same car,” said Insp Dzvova.

“Along the way, they draw weapons and threaten to harm the driver or owner of the ve­hi­cle and rob him or her of the ve­hi­cle.”

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