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Daring armed robbers has hit Kambucha energy drink manufacturing plant in Harare’s Graniteside industrial area and made way with US$900 000.
The heist took place in the early hours of Wednesday after six robbers blasted a safe and stole approximately $900,000 before making their escape.
Police are currently investigating the incident at the plant located at 17001 Sande Crescent.
Police Confirmed Robbery.
Assistant Commissioner Paul Nyathi, the National police spokesman, confirmed the robbery but stated that the authorities are yet to determine how the robbery occurred as well as the exact amount of money that was stolen.
Meanwhile, sources at the company estimate that the robbers got away with around US$900,000 in cash.
It is reported that explosives were used to blow up the safe.
According to the online publication Zimlive, the six robbers overpowered security guards on duty before entering the premises.
They then used explosives to blow up the safe where the money was kept.
An employee at the company alleged that the amount stolen was close to a million dollars.
However, the source went on to allege that the Kambucha management plans to report a lower amount to the law enforcement authorities in order to avoid increased scrutiny and attention from the police.
Kambucha is an energy drink that is said to have immune system-boosting qualities. It is a popular beverage in Zimbabwe and is exported to other countries in Africa. The manufacturing plant in Harare is a significant source of employment in the country.
The robbery at the Kambucha manufacturing plant is a reminder of the importance of adequate security measures, especially for companies dealing with large sums of cash.
It is also a warning to other businesses to review their security protocols and to take necessary measures to protect their assets. The investigation into the robbery is ongoing, and more information is expected to emerge in the coming days.