Police in Bulawayo have launched a manhunt for seven suspects in connection with an armed robbery case which took place at Nedbank Bank last year.

Thieves broke into the Nedbank branch in Belmont, Bulawayo last year around August and ran away with over US$270 000 and R2 million.

Bulawayo acting Provincial Police Spokesperson, Assistant Inspector Nomalanga Msebele, confirmed that police are looking for the seven suspects and are appealing for information that could lead to their capture

Asst. Inspector Msebele said police suspect the seven may have skipped the country.

“The seven wanted persons are Agrippa Mloyi of Nkulumane, Sekusile, Bulawayo; Dingilizwe Mloyi of Mbundane, Bulawayo; Nqobile Mloyi of Nkulumane, Bulawayo; Bhekani Mlilo of Emganwini, Bulawayo; Sipho Tshuma of Nkulumane, Bulawayo; George with no further particulars and SaMamo with no further particulars,” said the police spokesperson.

“The Zimbabwe Republic Police is urging anyone to come up with information which can lead to the arrest and recovery of USD$272 500-00, R2 420 000-00 and five gold coins which were stolen by the above-mentioned suspects.”

Asst. Inspector Msebele said the robbery occurred last year in August and a report was made to ZRP Donnington.

“On 26 August 2023, around 1pm a complainant, a female aged 40 years Cynthia Zhou left the company premises secured by locking systems including CCTV and alarms. On 28 August 2023 at around 0745 hours, the complainant reported for duty together with other staff members. The bank’s Enquiries Consultant Enias Mukorovera opened the main door using a key and the door opened. They then used an access card but it failed. Zhou also tried to open the door using her access card and failed again,” said the police spokesperson.

According to the police spokesperson, Zhou then decided to use the back door of the building and discovered that the back door of the bank was vandalised as it was wide open.

“Anyone with information should contact the Officer in Charge CID Homicide Detective Inspector Justen on 0712 915 338 or landline 0292271568, the Investigating Officer Detective Assistant Inspector Gadzai on 0772 226 550 or the nearest police station,” Asst. Inspector Msebele said.