CHIPINGE – Eight armed robbers pounced on and stripped a Chipinge woman of US$24 000 and R18 000 among other valuables recently.
Manicaland provincial police spokesperson Inspector Tavhirigwa Kakohwa said Pamela Pengakufa (47) of Zivazvako homestead in Nyakumanwa village under Chief Mutema in Middle Sabi watched hopelessly as armed robbers packed her cash and valuable goods.
Kakohwa said at around 2100 hours, Pengakufa heard her son Quiton Cyclide Wigging (18) and Danmore Nkomo (18) screaming for help outside their house.
When Pegakufa went to inquire about the screams, she was welcomed by one robber who held her son at gun point and coerced her to take him to the bedroom and give them money.
Pengakufa handed over a satchel to the robbers which had US$24 000, R18 000 and ZWL$240.
The unidentified accused persons further searched the house and took 240 litres of diesel, 290 litres of petrol, five cell phones and various selected clothes.
The robbers drove away in an unidentified vehicle full of goods.
Pengakufa made a police report at Chipinge police station triggering investigations but the robbers are still at large.
Kakohwa urged members of the public to avoid keeping hard cash but rather make use of banks with secure vaults.
“We are appealing to anyone with information about these robbers to assist us so that we can effect arrests.
“Members of the public should make use of the banks with safe and secure vaults because keeping money at home will attract robbers,” said Kakohwa.