Man in court for stealing safe with US$166 000

Top Stories Zimbabwe


Patience Nhamburo

A Mbare man, Justin Chibaya (37) in the company of Muchineripi Rambanepasi, Collen Chibowa and five other accomplices who are still at large, are alleged to have robbed a Harare company and got away with a security safe containing US$166 000.

The court heard that the accused and his gang approached the complainant who was performing guard duties at number 10 Conald Road Graniteside Harare, driving Chibaya’s Honda fit.

They allegedly confronted the complainant who was manning the premises.

One of the accused produced a pistol and ordered the complainant to lie down on his back and he complied.

Chibaya proceeded to tie the complainant’s hands and legs from behind with cable ties and sat him on the front passenger seat of their getaway vehicle.

Chibaya’s accomplice remained guarding the complainant whilst the other three accused persons searched for office keys and found them in the guard room.

They used the keys to open the front main doors and upon approaching the office they used an unknown object to force open the door and took a blue safe containing US$166 000 cash and loaded it in their gate away car.

They drove away and dumped the complainant whose hands and legs were still tied near Mukuvisi River along Ardbernnie Road.

Chibaya and his accomplices then allegedly drove off with the money.

Only US$11000 was recovered from the accused person.