4 GUN­MEN IN $20,000 HEIST

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Front Page - Whins­ley Masara

FOUR gun-tot­ting rob­bers al­legedly gagged a cashier, tied up her hands and legs with in­dus­trial tape at the Sa­vanna Tobacco of­fices in Bu­l­awayo on Mon­day af­ter­noon and got away with over $20 000.

The quar­tet forced a cashier iden­ti­fied as Miss Azel­lia Mad­zor­era, to open a safe that con­tained the cash in her of­fice at Wind­sor Park at around 1PM.

Sources close to in­ves­ti­ga­tions yes­ter­day told The Chron­i­cle the rob­bers “for­got” their gun af­ter grab­bing the money.

The loaded pis­tol, said a source, con­tained four bul­lets. The rob­bers al­legedly fled in a Honda Fit. “They waved the gun in her face. She al­most col­lapsed with fear. One of them grabbed her, tear­ing her pink dress,” said a source who de­clined to be named.

“They tied a piece of cloth around her mouth to stop her from scream­ing. They force marched her to the safe and took the money.”

Work­ers at other of­fices in the com­pound said it was strange that the rob­bers were able to eas­ily en­ter the premises which house a num­ber of of­fices.

“We don’t know how they iden­ti­fied them­selves at the gate which is manned by se­cu­rity guards but they got ac­cess,” said a worker.

The worker said no shots were fired dur­ing the rob­bery.

When a Chron­i­cle news crew ar­rived at the scene, min­utes af­ter the rob­bery, a trem­bling Miss Mad­zor­era was sob­bing hys­ter­i­cally. Her dress torn above her breasts, she was sweat­ing pro­fusely and could hardly stand on her feet.

She gasped out hap­pened.”

Be­fore she could de­scribe her or­deal, a man en­tered the room and stopped her from talk­ing.

The uniden­ti­fied man, who seemed to be in charge of the shop even barred her from talk­ing to in­ves­ti­ga­tors.

He told The Chron­i­cle that work­ers at the com­pany had been in­structed not to speak about the in­ci­dent to any­one.

“Sorry you can’t come in as we’ve been in­structed not to go pub­lic about the in­ci­dent, sorry,” he said.

At that time, a group of heav­ily armed po­lice of­fi­cers ar­rived and fanned out across the com­pound.

Chief po­lice spokesper­son, Se­nior As­sis­tant Com­mis­sioner Char­ity Charamba said the rob­bery oc­curred at 13.50hours. that “some­thing ter­ri­ble had

“The com­plainant was at her work­place when two ac­cused per­sons ap­proached her ask­ing if they could buy two bricks of Pa­cific cig­a­rettes,” she said. “The un­sus­pect­ing com­plainant al­lowed them inside as she pro­ceeded to col­lect the cig­a­rettes. While on her way she was grabbed from be­hind. One of the ac­cused per­sons pro­duced a gun while the other one wielded a knife. They then de­manded keys to the safe which they used to open the safe and ac­cessed cash amount­ing to $20 675 and fled, leav­ing the com­plainant tied up on the hands and legs with an in­dus­trial tape. They also gagged her mouth.”

Snr Ass Com Charamba urged the busi­ness com­mu­nity to bank their money say­ing keep­ing it in their of­fices ex­posed them to rob­ber­ries. Busi­nesses, she added, should also em­ploy rep­utable se­cu­rity guards. — @win­nie_­masara.

Se­nior As­sis­tant Com­mis­sioner Char­ity Charamba

Po­lice of­fi­fi­cers at the Sa­vanna Tobacco of­fi­fices in Bu­l­awayo on Mon­day

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