Four Harare men who allegedly committed a spate of armed robberies around the country have appeared before a Harare magistrate who advised them to apply for bail at the High Court.
The four men who masqueraded as police officers and used explosives to blow safes during their alleged armed robberies are Mugove Chimuti also known as Pardon Katerere 28, Ishmael Mutungira also known as Joshua Nyariri 23, Musarurwa Gutsa 41 and Tinashe Munhanga 36.
The quartet were nabbed for 9 counts of armed robbery and unlawful possession of explosives were they got away with US$80 000 dollars.
They appeared before Ms Barbara Chimbodza and according to state prosecutor Linda Gadzikwa on the first count on 12 January this year, the accused plus 2 who are on the run in Granary Harare robbed Willard Hakurotwi of several groceries worth US$66.
On the 27th of March at around 0300 hours at Kanyasa bottle store and butchery in Kuwadzana 6 they robbed Stephen Kanyasa of a safe containing US$1000.
On the 3rd of May this year at around 0100 hours while one of them was wearing a complete police uniform the four proceeded to Travellers Tavern bar in Dzivarasekwa 1 where they handcuffed security guards before stealing 2 Samsung Galaxy cell phones, blew up safes and got away with property worth US$3000.
On the 10th and 11th of May they jointly hit Fashion Fair shops in Hatfield and Magumbe shops where they stole cash and property amounting to US$37 000.
In count 4 and 5 the accused at 0100 hours on the 29th of May this year, at N Richards Chivi Masvingo in the company of Dominic Tichana and Jabulani Sibanda both still at large broke into the shop while 2 were dressed as policemen.
They tied a security guard at the back of the wholesale using wire, blasted 2 safes and got away with US$32 000 which they used to by 2 kombis and a Nissan Presage all valued at US$18 000 which were recovered.
On the other count on the 10th of this month the 6 accused persons hit Kuwadzana ZETDC depot were they stole 420 litres of transformer oil worth US$350 and an array of tools and work suits with a total value of property stolen worth US$9500.
In all their robberies they allegedly stole property and money amounting to US$80 000.
The four were denied bail and ordered to apply at the High Court and remanded in custody until the 5th of next month.