High-Speed Chase in CBD

Centre News Reporter
MASVINGO Central Business District (CBD) was brought to a standstill
Tuesday (March 1) afternoon, after a Hollywood movie-style high speed
chase between Criminal Investigation Department (CID) Detectives and a
gang of robbers who have allegedly committed a spate of armed
robbers in the city.
The gang of eight suspected robbers who are believed to have committed
robbery in Mashava earlier this week was intercepted after a tip-off
as they approached the CBD from Mashava.
Masvingo Provincial Police spokesperson, Inspector Kudakwashe Dhewa,
directed all questions to National police spokesperson, Paul Nyathi.
Nyathi, however, could not be drawn to comment as he said he was busy
but asked to be contacted later.
Persistent efforts to get a comment from him were fruitless as his
mobile went unanswered until the time of publishing.
According to inside sources, the group has serving members of the
Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) stationed at Harare Central, Zimbabwe
National Army (ZNA) members from 3 Brigade in Mutare and KG6 in
Harare.
A group of Masvingo CID detectives who were traveling in a silver
Toyota Runx vehicle approached the gang at a Robot who were using a
Silver Toyota Wish.
The gang sped off after the officers approached them and identified
themselves, before ordering them to pull off and park on the roadside.
The Toyota Wish driver faked to pull-off before making a U-Turn at the
robot and sped-off causing all sorts of panic at the scene as CID
officers fired warning shots.
Onlookers were treated to a Hollywood movie when detectives then
followed in hot pursuit with the officers tailing the Toyota Wish and
hanging on the doors while brandishing AK 47 rifles which they fired
endlessly at the speeding gang.
The suspected robbers drove towards Harare but were busted just before
Gokomere Mission turn-off where the driver failed to negotiate into
the detour, leading to a collision with a haulage truck.
The vehicle overturned before the suspected robbers tried to run away
but the detectives managed to arrest six of the eight.
One of the two who had escaped was reportedly apprehended last night
at Old Croco Motors and found with injuries sustained when the vehicle
they were traveling in overturned.
His other accomplice is still at large and the police have reportedly
launched a manhunt for the suspect.
Robberies involving serving and ex-members of the uniformed forces are
on the rise with some attributing it to low remuneration.
Police are yet to release the names of the armed robbers who are in custody.