BULAWAYO, Thursday, October 3, 1991 — An alert security guard yesterday morning foiled an alleged attempt by two men to steal a parked car along Fife Street in Bulawayo.
Relating the drama, the security guard, who was on duty outside Haddon and Sly Departmental Store, said that at about 9.45AM he followed two men who were acting suspiciously. One wore a brown suit and the other a leather coat.
The two crossed Fife Street from Haddon and Sly and walked towards the Standard Chartered Bank at the corner of Fife Street and 8th Avenue. The man in a suit walked into the bank while his friend went to a Datsun 120Y parked in the centre parking.
The security guard said the man opened the driver’s door and was immediately rejoined by his partner.
The two tried unsuccessfully to start the car, which they then pushed from the parking lot into Fife Street. One of the men broke the ignition wires using a nail and it was while trying to push-start the car that the security guard confronted them.
When the guard asked if the car was theirs, one of the men took to his heels towards the City Hall. The second man tried to do the same, but was tripped and handcuffed by the security guard as he waited to cross the road after being obstructed by traffic. The man was later handed over to the police. The visibly shaken owner of the car, Mrs Rosamond Summers, said she had not been aware of what was happening when she was called from the bank to be told of the drama.