Crime boss Musa Taj Abdul, his infamous robbers, rogue ZRP cop lastly arrested..PICTURES | ZIM LATEST NEWS

POLICE have arrested an eight-member gang of suspects, amongst them a police officer, who’ve been on the wished listing for a sequence of high-profile armed theft circumstances dedicated in a number of elements of the nation.

Musa Taj Abdul (46) of Barham Inexperienced in Bulawayo, one the nation’s most wished armed robbers, who has been on the run for greater than 20 years and is believed to be the mastermind behind a spate of legal actions, was arrested collectively together with his seven accomplices.

Abdul, Liberty Mupamhanga (29) of Glen Norah B in Harare, Godfrey Mupamhanga (27) of Lusaka Highfield in Harare, Charles Lundu (47), Prince Makodza (31), Harmless Jairos (32) all from Epworth in Harare, Rudolf Kamhanga (29), a former police officer residing at Chishawasha Flats, Mbare in Harare and Tapiwa Mangoma (27), a Beitbridge-based police officer, have been arrested on Monday whereas hiding at a home in Dulivhadzimu suburb in Beitbridge.

Crime boss: Musa Taj Abdul(R)

Detectives with the help of police canines needed to fireplace warning photographs to arrest the suspects as they tried to flee.

The gang is allegedly linked to armed robberies, which occurred at Makoni Purchasing Centre in Chitungwiza, Blue Circle, Glen Norah B and Marlborough in Harare amongst different circumstances across the nation. Police recovered a silver Noringo pistol and reside rounds.

Nationwide police spokesperson Assistant Commissioner Paul Nyathi yesterday confirmed the arrest, saying the gang has been on their wished listing in reference to a number of armed robberies and homicide circumstances.

“The Zimbabwe Republic Police confirms the arrest of eight suspects who have been on police wished listing for top profile armed theft circumstances. They have been arrested on Monday at a home in Dulivhadzimu suburb in Beitbridge,” he stated.

“The gang was arrested whereas hiding in a sure home in Dulivhadzimu and needed to leap over a precast wall as they tried to flee with cops in scorching pursuit, assisted by ZRP Canine part, firing warning photographs to impact arrest on the armed robbers.”

Asst Comm Nyathi stated the suspects are linked to a number of robberies across the nation.

Sources stated police acted on a tip-ff after the armed robbers have been noticed at Mashavire Enterprise Centre within the border city.

“Performing upon the data a group of detectives, assist unit and canine particulars teamed up and made observe ups. They bought additional info that the suspects have been utilizing a silver BMW motorized vehicle registration quantity AEW 0428. The group went to Mashavire Enterprise Centre to examine for the suspects, however they’d already left,” stated the supply.

Police later noticed the suspects’ automobile parked at Mashakada Enterprise Centre and there was no one within the car.

“Police laid an ambush from a distance as they monitored the suspects’ car. After about 30 minutes, one of many suspects with dreadlocks approached the parked automobile and drove it in direction of Mashavire Busines Centre,” stated sources.

Law enforcement officials adopted the automobile to a home in Dulibadzimu.

“The motive force then went into the home the place cops adopted and pounced on the suspects who have been inside the home they usually fled in numerous instructions as they tried leaping over the precast wall, prompting cops to fireside warning photographs and solid police canines to pursue them,” stated the sources.

Law enforcement officials managed to arrest the suspects and performed searches resulting in the restoration of the silver Noringo pistol with an obliterated serial quantity and {a magazine} of 11 reside rounds, 228 bore gauge liverounds on a webbing belt positioned in a black satchel stashed in a washing basket.

Sources stated one of many suspects, Mangoma who’s a police officer, tried to distract cops by claiming that the washing basket had his soiled linen.

A pair of quantity plates AEX 1577 was recovered underneath the mattress. The automobile was additionally searched and the group of cops recovered a black balaclava stashed within the car boot.

The automobile was searched within the database and it’s registered within the title of Westend Meals World, 122 Mbuya Nehanda Avenue, Harare.

It was, nevertheless, not reported stolen. The recovered quantity plates have been additionally checked within the database and are registered underneath the title of Anesu Kudakwashe Kubara of Mabelreign in Harare and are for a Mazda RX8, which was additionally not reported to have been stolen.

Author: Takudzwa Abioye

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