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Police arrest How Mine gold heist suspects

Police in Bulawayo on Wednesday arrested three suspects for armed robbery involving How Mine’s 11.6 kgs of gold and firearms.

One of the suspects was arrested at the Beitbridge border while attempting to flee to South Africa.

Defectives arrested Antony Moyo (39), Wilson Mutandwa (24) and Ernest Mutandwa (30) in connection with the armed robbery case.

It was swift detective work from the police less 48 hours after the armed robbery incident that occurred on 04 October 2022 at the 21 km peg along Bulawayo- How Mine Road, Douglasdale, Bulawayo, where 11.6 kgs of gold on transit from How Mine to Fidelity Printers, Bulawayo and four firearms were stolen.

Law enforcement agents had launched a man hunt after receiving information that some of the stolen items were abandoned at a house under construction along Folly Road, West Summerton, Bulawayo.

Detectives reacted to the report and recovered, car keys, 3 x 9mmm spent cartridges, a black glove, a 303 rifle loaded with eight live rounds and three empty metal boxes.

Police spokesman Paul Nyathi said further investigations by established that the South African registered Nissan NP 300 single cab vehicle, registration number HR30XJGP, which was abandoned by the suspects at the scene, belongs to Ximba Nkosilathi, also known as Tonderai Vumbunu and was at time seen being driven by Antony Moyo.

Police subsequently arrested Antony Moyo who implicated Wilson Mutandwa and Earnest Mutandwa, who were subsequently arrested.

Earnest Mutandwa was arrested in Beitbridge while attempting to flee to South Africa.

Ten armed robbers are stillbon run after disarming a security company and getting away with 11,6 kgs of gold worth over US$400,000.