Armed robbers shoot Karoi man
21 May 2018
A KAROI businessman was last Thursday shot by armed robbers while counting his daily takings. He died at Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals the same day.
Deputy police spokesperson Chief Superintendent Paul Nyathi confirmed the incident appealing for information which can lead to the identification and arrest of the suspects.
“The Zimbabwe Republic Police is investigating two separate cases of armed robbery and murder which occurred in Karoi and Gutu on 17th and 15th May 2018 respectively,” said Chief Supt Nyathi.
“On 17th May 2018 at around 1830 hours, a prominent wholesale owner in Karoi was counting his daily takings and conducting stock-take together with his two employees when a security guard who was manning the premises was approached by four men who were wielding pistols and an AK rifle.
“The gang was driving a black vehicle suspected to be a Toyota Wish and one of the four men manhandled the unarmed security guard whilst the other three entered the wholesale, confronted the owner and ransacked the shop.
“The criminals shot the businessman and used a hammer to break two safes where they stole unknown amount of cash and they also took $1 598 from one of the employees.
“The businessman later died on admission at Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals.”
In another incident which occurred in Runyowa village, Gutu, a 31 year-old herd boy killed his 58-year-old employer by striking him several times on the face and head using an axe.
The motive for the murder is not known as the herd boy who had worked for the now deceased for about six months fled after the incident.
“Business persons are urged to step up security at their premises and avoid counting daily takings and conducting stock take late at night.
“Where possible, companies and wholesale owners are encouraged to install CCTVs in order to enhance security at their premises.
“Employers are implored to vet prospective employees who include herd boys to curtail chances of employing criminals,” said Chief Supt Nyathi.