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Movie style masked robbers pounce, get away with cash and cellphone

by Midlands Correspondent
27 Dec 2011 at 09:28hrs | Views
IN a typical movie-style robbery, a 47-year-old Kwekwe man lost cash amounting to US$260 and a cellphone to two armed robbers who were clad in old overalls and masks made of old sacks to conceal their identity.

Midlands police spokesperson, Inspector Patrick Chademana, said the two armed robbers shot and injured, Mr Elias Dube of Mbizo suburb before robbing him of his possessions and fled into a nearby bush.

Insp Chademana said the incident occurred last Wednesday on a footpath near Noczim garage along the Kwekwe-Gweru highway.

"On Wednesday morning at about 8am, the complainant, Mr Elias Dube who is employed at Primrose Mine, Kwekwe, was walking along a footpath to his workplace.

He was then stopped by two armed robbers who were putting on some old sack masks while clad in blue overalls," said Insp Chademana.

He said the two armed robbers did not speak but used hand signals to stop Mr Dube.

"They did not utter any word and only used signals. When they were approaching Mr Dube, one of the suspects, who was holding a 9mm pistol whose type could not be established, then released a shot which injured Mr Dube's right foot," he said.

Insp Chademana said the suspects who are still at large went on to grab Mr Dube, tripped him to the ground and searched his pockets.

"They then got away with US$260 which he had in his pockets and a Bird cellphone," he said.

Insp Chademana said the injured Mr Dube then tried to chase after the suspects after learning that their pistol had no more rounds.

"He, however, abandoned the chase when he realised he could not catch up with them," he said.
Insp Chademana said police have launched a manhunt for the two suspects.

"We appeal to members of the public with information that might lead to the arrest of the two to approach any nearest police station. We would also want to appeal to members of the public to desist from using shortcuts when travelling," he said.

Source - zimpapers