Monday, June 29, 2009
A 37-YEAR-OLD man was on Sunday last week robbed of 11 000 rand, two Nokia cellphones and a toolbox along the Masvingo-Beitbridge highway by unknown suspects who were armed with a knife and an iron bar.
Masvingo provincial police spokesperson, Inspector Phibion Nyambo confirmed the incident that occurred last Sunday at 12.05am on the 165-km peg along the Masvingo-Beitbridge road.
According to Inspector Nyambo, the man was going to South Africa when he saw a car parked in his lane.
“The man who was driving an international truck from Masvingo was going to South Africa when he saw a Nissan HB11, blue in colour blocking his lane. He then stopped to give way to on coming traffic,” said Inspector Nyambo.
Two men suddenly approached him, armed with a knife and iron bar.
They opened the passenger door and entered the car. The men threatened to kill the driver if he made any move.
One of the suspects then removed the key and hit the driver on the left of the rib cage. He then jumped out of the truck.
The two robbers started searching the truck and took 11 000 rand, two cellphones, Nokia N88, Nokia 2600 and a toolbox.
They then got into their car and sped off towards Masvingo town.
The matter was reported at Mwenezi Police station and investigations are still in progress to establish the identity of the robbers.
Inspector Nyambo encouraged motorists to be vigilant and cautious on the road and not to stop at secluded places
“We would like to encourage motorists to be vigilant and cautious on the road. Motorists should stop where there are clearly defined features of a police roadblock. Drivers should avoid parking on secluded lay bys and if they can, they can go to the nearest police station as they can easily fall prey to robbers,” he said.