MWENEZI - Three suspected armed robbers who were recently arrested at Lundi were sold out by a gun that slipped off the pocket of one of the ruffians, TellZim News has learnt.
The thugs are believed to be the part of a gang that has been terrorising many people in Masvingo and parts of the Midlands for a long time, raiding businesses and shooting their victims.
Though no comment could immediately be obtained from the police, eyewitnesses said detectives from the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) acted on a tip-off and ambushed the suspects.
"Police acted after a tip-off from some diesel dealers who had become suspicious after a gun slipped from one of the thugs' pocket at a Lundi night spot the previous night. People were also suspicious because the strangers were squandering money as if there was no tomorrow," said a Lundi businessman.
Another eyewitness said the suspected criminals were taken by surprised as they had appeared very much at ease with their surroundings.
"They parked their Toyota Altezza vehicle in front of Madhuha beer hall and got busy feasting at another shop. Police fired warning shots that left bystanders shivering and one of the robbers tried to resist but he soon gave up. A gun was recovered from inside the robbers' vehicle, hidden behind a seat," said an eyewitness.
People who spoke to TellZim News praised the police for acting quickly and arresting all the suspects that they said were looking capable of robbing any business in the area.
Earlier this year, robbers pounced at Stopover and got away with a significant amount of money after firing shots and seriously injuring a worker. A service station in Zvishavane was also robbed and its owner shot and seriously injured just around the same time.local