Five men suspected to have been part of a nine-member gang that pounced on a Mukuru outlet in Gokwe on 30 August and got away with cash have appeared before a Gokwe magistrate facing robbery charges.
The accused, Alpha Hove (20), Maxwell Moyo (25), Shepherd Chapanda (20) all from Kadoma, Viwe Mashiyi (33), from Harare and Aaron Mavhengere of Gokwe North were arrested by police officers with the assistance of the members of the public.
Pindula News reported earlier that the robbers reportedly got away with US$2 500 and ZWL$20 500 from a Mukuru outlet at Nembudziya Business Centre and US$120 and cellphones from Mutora Pharmacy.
Police are still hunting for the remaining four who managed to escape during the confusion.
Magistrate Mr Hillary Ndlovu remanded the gang to 8 September for further remand, according to the Chronicle.
What court papers say:
It is alleged that on 30 August, around 4 PM, the gang pounced on the Mukuru outlet while armed with pistols, knives and catapults among other weapons.
One of the accused persons produced a pistol and pointed it at Phineas Nisbet Sibanda who was manning the outlet demanding cash.
Another suspect then drew a knife and stabbed Sibanda before they took cash amounting to US$2 500, ZWL$20 500 and cellphones.
The accused persons then fired shots toward police detectives who were parked outside and monitoring them. One police officer was injured.
As the others were exchanging fire with police details, one of the accused, armed with a pistol, proceeded to Mutora Pharmacy and aimed a pistol at one Doctor Mutero demanding cash before he forcibly took away US$120 and cellphones.
Some of the accused sped off in their getaway vehicle whilst some were apprehended by the police detectives with the assistance of the members of the public.