Passengers lose cash, valuables as robbers pounce on bus

Zimstar News

A gang of five armed men Tuesday struck a Chirundu bound CAG bus with both crew and passengers robbed of more than US$20 000 comprising different currencies.

In a tweet Wednesday, police said the incident happened just after 6pm.

“The police are investigating circumstances surrounding a robbery case which occurred on 14/12/21 at about 1830 hours at the 325 km peg along Harare – Chirundu Road where 5 unknown male suspects robbed a CAG bus crew and the passengers onboard, who were travelling to Chirundu of their cash amounting to USD 19 050, R2 000, ZWL $690 and K1 137, and other valuables.

“The suspects who were armed with an unknown firearm boarded the bus in Karoi pretending to be genuine passengers. Anyone with information to contact any nearest Police Station,” said the police.

Cases involving robberies on cross-border buses mostly travelling at night are now common.

Last month, at least R167 050 and US$7 367 was also seized from passengers of an Beitbridge bound MBT cross border bus by three armed suspects who left the bus driver and some passengers injured.

The incident happened at the 186km peg along the Harare-Masvingo highway near Mvuma Town around 11pm on the day.

The bus was carrying 66 passengers who included the armed robbers who had boarded it from Harare while posing as genuine travellers.

Meanwhile, in another case involving robbery, a man was on Monday was robbed of his vehicle and some valuables by people he had offered transport.

Said the police, “The ZRP is investigating a robbery case which occurred at Marirangwe turn off along Beatrice road, Harare on 13/12/21, where a 48 year old man lost a Honda CRV vehicle reg number ACV 5783, two cellphones and a wallet containing US$50 after he offered a lift to two men and two women at Boka auction floors on the pretext that they were going to Southlea Park.”

Police appealed to anyone with information that could lead to the arrest of the suspects to come forward with such.

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