The Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) has confirmed the arrest of three traffic police officers and an accomplice on robbery allegations.
The suspects allegedly robbed and assaulted four business associates before holding two of them hostage in a car boot.
They later dumped their victims 15 kilometres from their homes. ZRP national police spokesperson, Assistant Commissioner Paul Nyathi said:
Yes, we can confirm the arrest of three police officers together with some civilians in connection with a robbery case that happened in Nyanga where people lost cash amounting to USD1245.
The law will take its course and we will get to the bottom of the matter.
ZTN’s police sources identified the suspects as Forget Madzitire of Budiriro, Constables Tariro Rangarirai Madziwa, Listen Sibanda and Tatenda Ndlovu.
The quartet was allegedly intercepted by alert detectives in Rusape in their getaway car on their way back to Harare. A source is quoted as saying:
One of the complainant’s sons Darlington Mawarira aged 20 of Claremont Farm, made a police report at Z.R.P Nyanga and police detectives at CID Rusape were alerted and they intercepted the suspects’ motor vehicle leading to their arrest.
Upon search US$648-00 and $160 bond notes, two pairs of handcuffs, one baton stick and a police identification card in the name of number 073671B Constable Ndhlovu. T were recovered.
The victims, Slyvester Makandwa, Sharon Netsai Chombe and Elton Mawarira were injured during the robbery and were referred to Nyanga hospital for treatment.