Police in Mutare have launched a manhunt for armed robbers who are allegedly targeting low-density areas in the eastern border city amid reports eight cases have been recorded in the past two months.
The robbers are reportedly targeting electronic gadgets and cash.
Last weekend, the robbers pounced on Mutare mayor James Brown and made off with laptops, cell phones and an undisclosed amount of cash.
Manicaland police spokesperson Inspector Leonard Chabata said the police were looking for leads which could lead to the arrest of the culprits.
“We are working round the clock to arrest these robbers. They are making Mutare unlivable. We believe they are part of the diamond dealers that used to go to Chiadzwa diamond fields illegally.
But now that the diamond fields have become a no-go area, they have resorted to armed robbery in town,” said Chabata.
He said in all eight cases, the modus operandi was the same, prompting police to suspect it was one group of robbers terrorising residents.
“We are made to believe that these robbers belong to the same syndicate and we would like to close in on them before they cause further trouble in this city,” added Chabata.
Residents who spoke to NewsDay said they were ready to work with police to get the robbers arrested.
“It will be good for us if we work with police to identify these elements who have raided our city.
We would appreciate it more if police launched an operation aimed at rounding them up,” said one resident, Tawanda Mapanzure.