The Sunday Mail
POLICE have arrested three armed robbery suspects who – along with 10 accomplices still at large – pounced on a cash-in-transit vehicle near How Mine in Bulawayo on Tuesday and stole 11,6kgs of gold and four firearms.
Antony Moyo (39), Wilson Mutandwa (24) and Ernest Mutandwa (30) were apprehended after police detectives received information that some of the items stolen in the heist were abandoned at a house under construction along Folly Road, West Summerton, Bulawayo.
In a statement, police spokesperson Assistant Commissioner Paul Nyathi said Ernest was arrested in Beitbridge while trying to flee to South Africa.
Ten other suspects are on the run.
“The Zimbabwe Republic Police confirms the arrest of Antony Moyo (39), Wilson Mutandwa (24) and Ernest Mutandwa (30) in connection with an armed robbery case which occurred on October 4, 2022 at the 21km peg along Bulawayo- ow Mine Road, Douglasdale, Bulawayo, where 11,6kgs of gold on transit from How Mine to Fidelity Printers, Bulawayo, and four firearms were stolen,” he said.
“On October 4, 2022, police received information that some of the stolen items were abandoned at a house under construction along Folly Road, West Summerton, Bulawayo.”
Detectives reacted to the report and recovered car keys, 3 x 9mm spent cartridges, a black glove, a 303 rifle loaded with eight live rounds and three empty metal boxes.
“Further investigations by police established that the South African-registered Nissan NP 300 singl- cab vehicle, registration number HR3OXJGP, which was abandoned by the suspects at the scene, belongs to Ximba Nkosilathi, also known as Tonderai Vumbunu and was at times seen being driven by Antony Moyo,” said Assistant Commissioner Nyathi.
“Police arrested Antony Moyo, who implicated Wilson Mutandwa and Earnest Mutandwa, who were subsequently arrested.
“The suspects’ accomplices who include Abraham Vumbunu, Elijah Vumbunu, Israel Zulu, Diva (no further particulars known) and six other unknown suspects are on the run.”