Ten suspects armed with iron bars and sticks stormed a Karoi farm midnight Thursday and made off with over US$80 000 worth of material after tying security guards’ hands and legs with barbed wire and twine.
Police revealed the heist Friday.
“The ZRP is investigating a case of robbery which occurred at a farm along Boundary Road in Karoi on 11/08/22 at around 0000 hours, where farm produce, inputs, and equipment worth US$80 000 were stolen. 10 unknown suspects, armed with iron bars and wooden sticks, stormed the farm and attacked two security guards who were on duty.
“The suspects tied the victims’ hands and legs with barbed wire and twine before breaking into the workshop and manager’s office, where they stole property comprising a drill machine, grinder, 17,3 tonnes of soya beans, 1510 litres Glyphosate, several herbicides, among other items. They loaded the loot in an unidentified truck and went off,” police said.
Armed robberies have increased in Zimbabwe and have often been attributed to the dire economic situation in the country.
Criminals have also stormed homes and businesses to snatch loads of valuable foreign bank notes kept in premises.
Police have urged locals to bank their monies with conventional banks to avoid falling prey to armed gangs.