11 armed robbers stole close to $2 million in cash stashed in sacks and boxes from PHI Commodities in Aspindale and went on to buy luxury vehicles and rented houses uptown. The robbers assaulted and handcuffed the guards and also stole seven laptops.
The robbers assaulted and handcuffed the guards after gaining entry into the premises by jumping over a precast wall. The court heard the robbers used explosives to open a room where they allegedly found sacks and boxes full of cash in $2 and $5 bond notes denominations amounting to $1 799 960. They loaded the cash into their vehicle and sped away.
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Two of the suspects Godfrey Josi (38) and Taurai Dzingai (46) were remanded in custody to April 24 with instructions to apply for bail at the High Court when they appeared before Harare magistrate Ms Tilda Mazhande charged with robbery. Josi who had moved to an uptown apartment was arrested following a tip-off and implicated the other suspects. When Dzingai was arrested, police recovered $8 632 from his house and a silver Mazda CX7 bought a day after the robbery.