RUSAPE — Police in Rusape say a wave of
robberies targeting newspaper and airtime vendors have rocked the town over the last few weeks.
Acting Manicaland police spokesperson Assistant Inspector Enock Chishiri said in most cases the robbers posed as genuine clients before turning aggressive and robbing the vendors at knifepoint.
“Police will descend on those people and we have a mandate to protect people from armed robbers. We appeal to members of the public to help us with information that might lead to the arrest of robbers,” Chishiri said.
“Vendors themselves should not keep lots of money with them.”
He said the latest incident occurred on Sunday night involving an airtime vendor identified as Innocent Mutero.
He said three male adults who were driving a VW motor vehicle allegedly pretended as if they wanted to buy airtime and lured him closer to the vehicle.
They later forced him into the car and sped off. The suspects allegedly covered the vendor with a blanket and threatened to stab him if he raised the alarm.
They later dumped him along the Chivhu-Nyazura Road after allegedly robbing him of
$1 200 cash and 300 airtime juice cards.
Mutero reported the incident at Rusape Police Station, but no arrests have been made yet.