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Police fire gun shots in CBD, nab five suspects

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GWERU – In a Hollywood style incident, police detectives had to fire two shots to deflate front tryes
of a car that was being used by five suspects as a getaway vehicle after committing crimes in
Gweru’s Central Business District (CBD) recently.

The five suspects who specialised in theft from motor vehicles, were arrested by the Gweru Criminal
Investigations officers in the CBD while scouting for their next target.
Police identified the suspects as Dennis Gumbie (43) of Mzilikazi, Godfrey, Godknows Tshamala (32)
of Entumbane, Khanyiso Ndlovu (26) of Emganwini, Knowledge Tsiga (40) of Entumbane and Patrick
Sibanda (24) Lobengula all from Bulawayo.

“Detectives were carrying out surveillance in Gweru CBD and spotted the vehicle which had been
reported (as responsible for) about two cases of theft from motor vehicles which occurred on 17 and
30 October 2023,” said the police.

The suspects were in Gweru’s CBD looking for their next target when the detectives confronted
them and fired two shots which deflated the two front tyres. The suspects were subsequently
subdued and arrested.

Police detectives observed that the front and rear registration which read ADG 2759 of the vehicle
were different from the third number plate as they had covered the number plate with a sticker.
“Searches were carried out in the vehicle and two registration plates numbers AEH 1666 were
recovered. Records at the vehicle Registry reflected that these were the actual numbers of the
Toyota Bubble motor vehicle.

“Searches were carried out in the vehicle and they recovered three remote sensor unlocking devices,
two T-bar devices used to force open car doors and a Colombian knife. The suspects led detectives
to the recovery of two laptops, a black dell and a HP Probook which had been sold at Bahudur
Centre in Gweru town,” said the police.

The suspects have since appeared in court and were remanded in custody.
Meanwhile, a 20-year-old serial robber was arrested after he was caught in the act by members of
the public on October 31 at around 7pm near Savanna Business Centre in Gweru.

It is alleged that Tapiwa Gweru of Chishuku, Mvuma was coming from Savannah shops going home
with his friends only identified as Ngoni and Lee. They met Austine Mutandwa (37) and Lloyd
Ndhlovu (14) both of Nyagari in Mvuma who were going the opposite direction. They allegedly took
turns to assault Mutandwa with empty beer bottles demanding cash.

Unidentified people arrived at the scene during the scuffle and restrained the suspects from
assaulting Mutandwa which forced Gweru’s friend to vanish into thin air while Mutandwa and
Ndhlovu proceeded with their journey leaving Gweru accosted by passersby.

The following morning Gweru was found lying in a pool of blood at the scene and he was rushed to
Gweru Hospital.

Mutandwa also filed a report of assault and investigations revealed that Gweru had several robbery
and assault cases pending at the police and law courts.

“While violence is not condoned, the law has a degree of exception for actions done in defence of
life and property. We advise those who are tempted to reap from other people's possessions that
they will be risking their lives. There is an old saying "one day the baboon will miss the branch".

“We take this opportunity to appeal for information concerning the full circumstances of this
incident as we seek to interview all people who were involved and ensure the appropriate ends of
justice are met,” said police.

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