Money Heist Suspect Rearrested While On Bail

A robbery suspect was rearrested on Wednesday for allegedly robbing a Harare man of over US$8 000, while the former was still on bail for an alleged money heist at Maswede Holdings.

Edson Mashamhanda and an accomplice who is still at large allegedly robbed a 40-year-old man from Waterfalls of US$8 220 cash at knifepoint and other valuables after offering him a lift to Hwedza.

Edson Mashamhanda is linked to last year’s theft of $300 000 worth of fuel coupons and US$8 950 from Mashwde Holdings where he was a bookkeeper.

It is alleged that Mashamhanda and 13 other suspects last year allegedly stole over US$100 000, R42 000, $14 000 worth of fuel coupons, two firearms and 20 live rounds of ammunition at Mashwede Holdings’ premises in Harare.

Brothers Edson (30) and Christopher Mashamhanda (19), and Nevanji Madanhire (27) allegedly connived with an 11-member gang and destroyed the CCTV system at the premises to conceal the offence.

Eight of the suspected robbers have since been arrested in connection with the case while their three other accomplices are still at large.

They were freed on a $1 000 bail each with stringent conditions while Spicer Takawira, who is suspected to have been part of the gang was granted a $250 000 bail after failing to avail an immovable property as surety that he will attend the trial.

Edson, who was a bookkeeper at Mashwede Holdings, is reported to have taken advantage of the robbery at the firm to cover up the theft of $300 000 worth of fuel coupons and US$8 950.

He reportedly told management that in addition fuel coupons for 23 000 litres, which he had already diverted to his own use, had also been stolen in the robbery, resulting in the company blocking the numbered coupons.

The matter came to light when a customer who had bought the blocked coupons and failed to get fuel, approached the company seeking clarity.

This prompted an investigation which found that Mashwede Holdings had been duped of $300 000 worth of fuel coupons and US$8 950.

More: Pindula News; The Herald

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