3 February 2012

Zimbabwe: Family Loses U.S.$10 000 Property to Robbers

A HARARE family lost property and electrical gadgets worth over US$10 000 to five armed robbers who raided their Avondale home last Tuesday morning.

The incident occurred at around 1am while the complainant Isheunesu Maurayi (29), his wife and brother were watching television.

Harare provincial police spokesperson Inspector James Sabau, said the trio heard a car hooting at their gate and Maurayi went out to investigate. He saw a silver Toyota Corolla without number plates parked at their gate and the driver asked him for directions to Number 7 Vanguard Road and the complainant pointed to the house opposite," he said.

In the process, it is alleged that four of the occupants, two armed with pistols jumped out of the vehicle and forcibly took the gate keys from him.

They force-marched him into the house where they ordered everyone to get into one room.

The gang then ransacked the house and stole two plasma television sets, a home theatre, decoder, two laptops and two cellphones all valued at over US$10 000. A report was later made to the police but nothing has so far been recovered. Insp Sabau said cases of people being robbed after leaving doors open or unlocked.

He urged people to ensure that they have adequate security at their homes. They should ensure that they lock their doors once they get into their house," Insp Sabau said.

He said such cases were caused by individuals and businesspeople in the habit of keeping large sums of money at home.

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