A safe stolen from a private school in Chihota early this month has been found dumped in a nearby forest, ZBC News reported.
The safe was stolen at UMAA Group of Schools in Chihota on the 7th of September 2022.
It is alleged that a group of 10 armed robbers pounced on the school at night, tied and assaulted eight workers before proceeding to the administration block where they used dynamites to gain entry and steal a safe.
The robbers also got away with cash amounting to US$1 255, cellphones and other valuables they stole from their victims.
Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) Mashonaland East spokesperson, Inspector Simon Chazovachii confirmed the recovery of the safe and said investigations are underway.
UMAA owner, Mr Cleopas Kundiona said the safe was found a few kilometres from the school vandalised as the robbers were looking for cash. He said:
These robbers thought we had cash, so they went away with the safe only to discover there were documents.
The case adds to many more incidents of robberies in Marondera. On Friday 23 September 2022, a local businessman Lucas Chimoka was killed by four armed robbers at his residence at around 0200 hours. The robbers got away with US$7 900.