Some gang members linked to a spate of armed robbery cases mainly in Masvingo and Beitbridge could still find some wisdom to invest part of the loot on buying cars, housing stand and opening a bar.
Robbers are commonly known for spending their loot extravagantly for different reasons, some out of belief the money could be seized if they get arrested.
In a statement Saturday, police spokesperson Assistant Commissioner Paul Nyathi confirmed the arrest of Charles Chekenyere (27), Marshal Mutekwa (27), Anold Musimudziwa (29), Julius Chibaro (35), and Moses Kwangwari (37) for the crimes committed from 21 July to 7 September this year.
Police first arrested Chekenyere who implicated the other seven gang members leading to the arrests.
Police made some follow ups leading to the arrest of the other four suspects and the recovery of one FN Browning pistol loaded with a magazine of 12 rounds, a bolt cutter, a small axe and a Toyota Wish vehicle registration number AFI 8727 which the suspects used as a getaway car.
According to police, “Property bought from proceeds of armed robbery cases which include a Nissan Caravan vehicle registration number AFO 9137, a Toyota Mark X vehicle registration number AFO 6242, four Mark X vehicle wheels, agreement of sale for stand number 2257 Victoria Range Masvingo, two Defy deep freezers and a JVC stereo radio were also recovered from the suspects.
“A bottle store at Sarahuro Business Centre was also opened by one of the suspects through proceeds of armed robbery cases.”
Police said the suspects are now helping clear six armed robbery cases in which cash amounting to US$ 6 630-00, ZAR 3250-00 and other valuables were stolen.
Added the police, “The suspects would scale over precast walls and break doors or windows with crow bars to gain entry into houses before attacking complainants while threatening to shoot them with pistols and demanding cash.”
Police are appealing for information leading to the arrest of the three other suspects only identified as Aleck Kuzonyei, Reward and Bronco.