A suspected member of the robbery gang that hit ABC Auctions in Seke Road on Friday night last week was shot and killed in a shootout with police on Tuesday while two other suspected gang members were arrested and appeared before the court for remand yesterday.
Gang of seven blew up six safe deposit boxes at ABC Auctions after he held outnumbered security guards with pistols and stole $1,014,031 in cash and a large assortment of jewelry worth an estimated $250,000 .
Police yesterday said Trymore Bondamakara, 37, was shot dead in a shootout with police in Epworth on Wednesday.
Deputy Commissioner Paul Nyathi said ongoing investigations had their first breakthrough on Tuesday when detectives from CID Homicide, the unit that handles all major violent crimes, including theft, confronted Bondamakara and Kelvin Marimo (42) ), identified in court as a police officer, after receiving information linking them to the robbery.
Trymore Bondamakara attempted to escape and a shootout ensued with detectives.
The suspect was taken to Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals where he died on admission.
Further investigations by detectives found the suspect’s getaway vehicle, a Toyota Aqua with AFP registration 3293, three watches, a necklace, two women’s Patrick Mavros Silver cuffs, an 18-carat diamond ring, a pen Cartier pen and four gold rings in Solomio, Ruwa,” Assistant Comm Nyathi said.
Detectives arrested Osinenge Zvomuya and recovered US$8,520 after tracking him to Madziwa, Mashonaland Central. Police discovered that Zvomuya had purchased a residential booth in Madziwa for US$6,000, believed to be from his share of US$25,000 of cash stolen from ABC Auctions.
On October 12, 2022, police recovered an Amadeo Rossi .38 revolver from Belivista Farm, Epworth, which had belonged to the late Trymore Bondamakara.
The gang are believed to be the same one who on Wednesday last week attempted to rob a branch of the Steward Bank along Churchil Avenue in Gunhill, Harare, but found the safe they had blew up and the September 6 robbery at Edurate Investments along Seke Road. at Arlington Estates, Hatfield, where $110,000 in cash was stolen.
“Thorough police investigations to elucidate all cases in which the suspects are linked are ongoing,” Assistant Comm Nyathi said.
Yesterday, Marimo from Unit 18043 M Seke, Chitungwiza, and Zvomuya from Matange Village, Chief Mutumba, Madziwa appeared before Harare Magistrate, Mr Taura Manwere on two counts of theft.
They were taken into custody until October 27 and told that only the High Court could hear any bail applications in such cases.
On the first count, the court heard that at around 1 a.m. on Saturday, Marimo, Bondamakara (now deceased) Zvomuya and four others went to Sagitarian Private Limited, trading as ABC Auctions , scaled the prefabricated wall and approached Langton Ziromba and publisher Meda who were guarding the premises.
They allegedly simultaneously pointed guns at the security guards and ordered them to lie down and tie their hands and legs with shoelaces, then searched them and stole cell phones, a bloodhound and a panic button.
Guard Mr. Meda was ordered to comply with the sleuth’s instructions. The gang then allegedly forced open the offices, broke into six safes using crushers and explosives.
They stole $1,014,000 in cash and a large amount of watches and jewelry worth about $250,000: a Tissot Sea Star B925-152 watch, a gold loz coin, a men’s watch G- Shock MT-G, a Pasha de Cartier 18k gold watch, a 1.6530 carat round brilliant diamond, a 15-stone yellow gold ring, a five-stone yellow gold ring, five yellow gold rings, a cluster ring in yellow gold set with diamonds, a 134.3g gold identity bracelet, a yellow gold ring set with a single stone, a white gold ring set with stones, an 18 karat white gold ring set with diamonds, a ring gold ring set with pearls, a yellow gold ring set with sapphires and diamonds, a Patrick Mavros women’s silver cuff, a Browns ring in 18-carat white gold set with diamonds, four yellow gold rings, a Cartier fountain pen, a stone set in white gold.
The total value stolen was $1,264,031, including $1,014,031 in cash and jewelry worth $250,000. To date, the value recovered is $14,239 in cash and jewelry worth $35,961, less than 4% of the total.
On the second count, the court heard that last Thursday the gang raided the offices of Steward Bank. The security guard, who was the complainant, was conducting perimeter checks when he saw the gang already on the premises and three armed with pistols.
One of them pointed a gun at the guard and ordered him to sit down, then they stole his revolver loaded with 5 rounds and a Vivo cell phone with an Econet line.
While one thief stayed with the guard, the other five broke down the door to the main office with an iron bar and went to the cashier’s desk where they took two Chubb safes and took some. opened one using a grinder. It was empty. They then broke into the principal’s office but nothing was stolen. The total value of the stolen gun and phone was US$1,350 and nothing was found.