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Notorious 4 related robbers nabbed, remanded in custody

Nyasha Marumbi

Mutare- Simbarashe Maposa(45),Clever Mutasa(33),Martin Edward Mutasa (31)and Leeroy Chimhaka(19) a nephew to the Mutasa brothers of Mukomo Village in Wengezi who were terrorizing Chakohwa and Nyanyadzi Business center were arrested and appeared in and remanded in custody.

The notorious robbers were arrested on June 14 following a tip off to the police that Maposa and Clever Mutasa were in possession of illegal firearms they were using to commit a spate of robberies.

The four related robbers appeared before Magistrate Annia Ndiraya on Monday 17 June facing three counts of robbery and possession of unregistered firearms.

It is alleged that on 22 April 2024,the quartet broke into Romulous Moyana’s 2 roomed cottage, who is a shop owner at Chakohwa business center and robbed him of his US$30 000.

Manicaland police spokesperson, Assistant Inspector Wiseman Chinyoka told The Midweek Watch that on the day in question, at around 1 am, Moyana was awakened by the accused who were breaking his bedroom windows.

Two of the accused persons entered the room pointing unknown riffles through the window wearing balaclavas and gloves and asked Moyana to give them money on which he complied as he was fearing for his life and that of his wife who was forced to lay face down in bed by the accused.

They force marched Moyana to a room where he had stashed the money inside an idle grinding mill and he handed over the money to the robbers who also took his Samsung A 03 and left.

Moyana reported the matter at Cashel valley police station who responded to the matter leading  to the arrest of the four suspects.

After the arrest  the police interrogated the four accused which led to the recovery of a moss-berg shot gun,9×19 ball ammunition, 1×303 round from Simbarashe Maposa ,1 pellet gun from Clever Mutasa and a 303 riffle which was buried in the garden wrapped in a sack and also a black balaclava.

The police also added that on 14 June during the interrogation the accused also confessed that they had committed robberies at Mpudzi business center and robbed Evermay Mupini(40) a bar lady and at Nyanyadzi Business center they robbed Elias Masenda a security guard of his cellphone which was recovered from Maposa.

The four were remanded to 1 July as investigations are still going on.

Sharon Chibvongodze prosecuted.

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