Major Police Operation Nets Nine Alleged Armed Robbers, Including Three Family Members
The relentless efforts of the police force in Harare have led to the arrest of nine individuals suspected of orchestrating a series of armed robberies that plagued the city between October 25 and December 13. Shockingly, the criminal cartel includes three members from the same family.
The operation, hailed as one of the force’s most significant successes, commenced with the apprehension of Misheck Takawira, 24, Jonas Daniel Mubaiwa, 22, and Shadreck Njowa, 20, at Dongo Village in Neshangwe, Sadza. As the operation unfolded, the number of suspects grew to nine, marking a threefold increase from the initial arrests.
The suspects implicated in the alleged reign of terror are Cloudious Pemberengwa, 39, Shepherd Magorimbo, 30, Sydney Takavada, 40, John Amon Ndlovu, 34, and Godwin Chawaguta, 33. The youngest member of the group is 20 years old, while the oldest is 40.
National police spokesperson, Assistant Commissioner Paul Nyathi, revealed that the investigation began when detectives from the CID Vehicle Theft Squad received information linking three initial suspects to a robbery involving the loss of a Toyota Porte vehicle (AFG 9556), cash, and a cellphone. The detectives acted swiftly, leading to the arrest of Takawira, Mubaiwa, and Njowa at Dongo Village.
The subsequent investigation uncovered a cache of stolen items, including an AK Rifle, a cellphone, an electric shocker, two kitchen knives, cabies, and a pair of handcuffs. Further interrogation implicated Pemberengwa and Ndlovu, who were arrested at duplex flats in Old Highfield, Harare.
Pemberengwa and Ndlovu, in turn, revealed the involvement of Magorimbo, Takavada, Nyashadzaishe Njowa, and Chawaguta. Their arrests took place in various locations, leading to the recovery of a getaway car, a Toyota Wish, a Vektor pistol with ammunition, and a 303 Rifle with rounds.
In a dramatic turn of events, Pemberengwa, Takavada, Ndlovu, and Chawaguta led detectives to a bush area along James Martin Road, Southerton in Harare, where firearms were allegedly hidden. The suspects attempted to flee but were apprehended after being shot in the knee by detectives. They are currently admitted to a Harare hospital.
Assistant Commissioner Nyathi emphasized that the suspects are linked to six cases of robbery, including an incident at a service station in Machipisa, Highfield in Harare.