Two men were last week arrested for allegedly stealing 7,5 tonnes of gold ore valued at $414 203.
Police intercepted a lorry carrying the ore and arrested Lloyd Manyika (30) of Harare and Tinashe Mapozho (28) of Norton. The gold ore was allegedly stolen from Nyoni 22 Mine in Mazowe.
The two men allegedly hired a lorry belonging to Ngwerume Chapitura and a BMW sedan belonging to Chamunorwa Mpofu.
The state alleges that Manyika and Mapozho contracted Happy Gambe and Tendai Blessing Matiziba to load the stolen gold ore into the hired lorry.
However, the mine owner Maxen Ncube was alerted by his employees, who informed him there was a lorry loading gold ore from his mine.
Ncube immediately made a report at Marlborough Police Station.
The police proceeded to the mine and intercepted the lorry, leading to the arrest of Manyika and Mapozho and the recovery of the gold ore.
Manyika and Mapozho appeared in court on Friday but were not asked to plead.
Regional magistrate Morgan Nemadire granted the two $100 bail each and ordered them to report three times every week at Harare Central Police Station.
Prosecutor Michael Reza had opposed bail.