FIVE suspected armed robbers were yesterday nabbed by police detectives in a botched robbery before they could carry out their mission.
The gang was presumably keeping surveillance on a courier services company and nearby restaurant along Enterprise Road in Highlands,Harare.
The police pounced on the suspects after they swiftly reacted to an anonymous call from a person believed to be an employee at the targeted companies.
The five were driving a Mercedes-Benz C200 sedan with registration number ABI 7124.
“They had parked opposite the two companies as if they had a breakdow.Two of them then went in to one of the companies and asked for water but while they did so ,somebody identified them and that person should have called the police immediately.
Their car bonnet was open as if they had a breakdown before some of them went to ask for water presumably to cool the car.
“Within minutes,armed police arrived and fired three warning shots before pouncing on the suspected robbers,”one witness said.
Another witness said the suspects could have been identified by one detective and they could have already been on the police wanted list.
They were identified by a detective as he drove past while they were parking and he could be the one who called for backup.
” The five were said to be assisting police with investigations by the time of going to press. When contacted for comment ,CID spokesperson Detective Assistant Inspector Portia Chinho said she had not received the report on the matter promising to furnish details today.
Meanwhile,national police spokesperson Senior Assistant Commissioner Charity Charamba yesterday confirmed the arrest of two suspected armed robbers Stanford Sibanda,43,and Tafadzwa Munetsi,27,at Jerera Growth point in Zaka in connection with the armed robbery cases which occurred in Harare,Shurugwi, Gweru,Kwekwe and Zaka last Thursday.
“On an unknown date,the suspects robbed a black Honda Fit in Harare,and used the vehicle to commit a spate of robberies at Mbudzi Roundabout bus terminus where they lured unsuspecting travellers whom they later robbed along the way,” said Snr Ass-Comm Charamba