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Two Cops Arrested For US$270 000 Armed Robbery

Two Cops who were part of an armed crew that robbed $US248 000 from a second-hand clothes businessman have been arrested.

iHarare learned from The Manica Post that, the two Harare based police officers, Crispen Kado (29) of ZRP Rhodesvile and Daniel Kademba (37) of Mabvuku police station appeared in court last week on charges of armed robbery.

Appearing before Rusape magistrate Ms Rufaro Mangwiro, Kado and Kademba were not asked to plead and were remanded in custody to February 12.

It is the state’s case that the pistol that was used in the robbery was an official service firearm issued to Kado while Kademba’s fingerprints were lifted on the complainant’s car.

On October 22, 2020, the complainant, Tinei Oswell Mainato and another passenger were travelling from Harare to Mozambique in a Honda Fit vehicle. Mainato had US$248 664 cash intending to buy bales of secondhand clothes.

On arrival at Mufusire Uphill in Headlands, the vehicle had a tyre puncture prompting them to slow down. A Toyota Wish came from behind with five occupants. The vehicle drove side-by-side with the Honda Fit and one of the robbers ordered Mainato to stop.

Mainato did not comply and one of the suspects produced a pistol and fired one shot, forcing him to stop. Four of the suspects disembarked and approached Mainato and ordered him to surrender cash and cellphones.

Further investigations revealed that Kado and Kademba were jointly using the firearm. Kademba’s fingerprints matched those which were uplifted from the complainant’s vehicle at the scene of the robbery, State prosecutor, Mr Benoni Makuvire told the court.

Mr Makuvire added that Mainato then surrendered US$248 664, one ITEL cellphone and a Samsung J1 to the armed robbers.

The suspects reportedly fled the scene in a hurry.

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