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18/01/2017 00:00:00
by Manicaland Correspondent

CHIMANIMANI: A 38 year diamond dealer recently lost gems worth $100, 000 to a gang of four armed men who claimed to have links with foreign buyers.

Police confirmed the incident saying investigations were in progress.

According to police, Solomon Machisi of Jinga village under Chief Mutambara had over 30 pieces of diamonds worth $100, 000 in his house.  

One day, around 0200hrs, Machisi who was company of Francis Dube and Oliver Bvekwa, received a call from one Carlos Chinguwo who claimed he had some foreign buyers who wanted to purchase diamonds.

Chinguwo had previously dealt with Bvekwa in some diamond deals.

Machisi reportedly told Chinguwo to come to his homestead. Chinguwo went to Machisi’s house in company of three unknown men to discuss but they left without finishing the transaction.

The following day, Chinguwo called Dube, 32, and told him that they could not come to Machisi’s house but instead they should meet at Chaseyama Business Centre so that they could finalise the deal.

Chinguwo came driving a grey Honda Fit. When they arrived, Dube told Chinguwo that Machisi was the one who had the diamonds.

Machisi then called Bvekwa to bring some more diamonds.

Machisi then handed 30 pieces of clear diamonds to Chinguwo. Dube and Chinguwo got inside the car to conduct transactions but one of the suspects pulled a pistol and ordered Dube out.

Dube complied and they sped off. However, the car moved into a gulley and overturned.

The robbers picked up the diamonds and fled, disappearing into the jungle.

Police urged members of the public not to involve themselves in illegal deals as they risk losing their property and being arrested.


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