Crime & Courts

Nedbank US$270 000 Heist: Two Suspects Arr£sted

TWO suspects who allegedly broke into Nedbank in Bulawayo and stole more than US$270 000 and about R2 million more than a week ago, have been arr£sted.

Lovemore Gambiza and Ishmael Mudimba whose ages and addresses were not given, have since appeared in court facing unlawful entry and theft charges.

The two, who appeared before Bulawayo magistrate Mr Joseph Maveze, were not asked to plead and were remanded in custody to 15 September.

Presenting the State case, Mr Jethro Mada said Gambiza and Mudimba broke into the bank on Saturday night (26 August)after they managed to bypass the bank’s security systems. He said the pair damaged three safes and stole US$271 500 and R2,2 million.

“The break-in was only discovered by bank employees when they reported for duty on Monday morning.

The suspects tampered with the bank’s communication system to access the premises,” said Mr Mada.

He said on the day in question, a security guard was on duty manning the premises when the suspects gained entry into the building and stole the money.

Mr Mada said when the bank employees discovered that there was a break-in, they checked round the premises and discovered that the security razor wire mounted on the precast wall had been cut.

“They also discovered that the screen door leading to the bank had been tampered with, some windows were open indicating that there was a burglary,” said Mr Mada.

He said according to police investigations, Gambiza and Mudimba climbed a precast wall to access the banking hall.

-Chronicle-

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