Friday 8 October 2021


Armed robbers pounced on a branch at Rutenga Growth Point and got away with US$10 000, after forcing an employee to open a safe at gunpoint.

The unidentified two suspects descended on N&R Wholesalers at the growth point, which houses a branch and looted cash after firing two warning shots to scare away employees.

The incident happened on Wednesday afternoon. The suspects also got away with two Mukuru Samsung phones worth $40 000.

They also lifted the N&R Wholesalers till from which they took nearly US$2 000 and over $21 000.

Masvingo provincial police spokesperson Inspector Kudakwashe Dhewa said the suspects first clapped a Mukuru customer who was being served by Mr Wayne Mugwagwa, a teller at the Rutenga branch, after entering the shop. One of the suspects allegedly jumped into a booth and took two Mukuru phones before force-marching Mr Mugwagwa to the safe at gun point.

Mr Mugwagwa allegedly opened the safe and one of the suspects took US$10 000 and R110.

The armed suspects then proceeded to the N&R Wholesalers’ till and ordered Ms Constance Tsopo, a till operator, to lie on the ground facing downwards before looting US$1 795 and $21 460 in cash.

Insp Dhewa said the suspects bolted out of the shop and sped off in their unregistered Toyota Probox vehicle. Herald


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