GPS, CCTV give away rogue soldier in US$85,000 armed robbery

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Chamunorwa Genge, 26, appeared before a Harare magistrate on Thursday

HARARE – A gang of armed robbers including soldiers, raided a Chinese national and seized a stash of cash and valuables worth US$77,000, a court heard.

While some of the suspects are still at large, one particular one was not so lucky after leaving digital footprints – detectives traced his cell phone number to the crime scene through Global Positioning System (GPS).

Not only that: the whole thing was captured on CCTV.

Zimbabwe National Army (ZNA) officer Chamunorwa Genge of Two Brigade appeared in court Thursday facing accusations of armed robbery.

The 26-year-old was remanded in custody to July 30, by Harare magistrate Judith Taruvinga. He was not asked to plead.

Prosecutors said Genge and 11 accomplices targeted their victim at the University of Zimbabwe farm on June 15 armed with pistols, iron bars, and machetes.

The other suspects include fellow soldier Zvidozvashe Dzuda, Godfrey Josi, Themba Mugabe, Bruce Muparadzi, Richard Mutanga, Benjamin Musasa, Ephraim Jack Alphas, Valentine Mutasa, Mambo Dhuterere, and Lazurus Chinobhururuka as well as Peter Mushipe, who are still on the loose.

The court heard that the alleged bandits manhandled the security guard Christopher Chivhanga demanding to see the farm director and force-marched him to the complainant’s residence where they seized US$60,000 cash and US$25,000 worth of valuables. Zimlive

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