Street kids foil $200 000 armed rob­bery

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Pa­tience Mut­siwi

STREET kids in Gweru ap­pre­hended two ma­chetewield­ing men who were try­ing to rob a busi­ness­man of $200 000.

A third sus­pect who is said to have been in a get­away car is still on the run.

Sources close to the in­ci­dent said Lucky Mavhura of Mbizo and Nes­bert Banda of Amaveni pounced on a shop af­ter al­legedly get­ting in­for­ma­tion that the owner had not been de­posit­ing cash into a bank and had $200 000 in a safe on the premises.

The duo is said to have bro­ken into the cloth­ing shop near Kudzanayi Bus Ter­mi­nus on Thurs­day morn­ing but failed to lo­cate the safe.

“The shop owner, Mr Utta Akian, was with his worker Mr Ed­win Phiri when they parked their ve­hi­cle near their shop,” said the source.

“As they ap­proached the shop to open for the day, the duo heard foot­steps com­ing from in­side their shop.”

The source said when they opened the shop to in­ves­ti­gate, Mavhura and Banda grabbed them and dragged them in­side.

“The armed rob­bers as­saulted the shop owner and his em­ployee de­mand­ing $200 000 which was said to be in the safe. Akian and Phiri screamed for help and they were res­cued by street kids who swarmed the shop and ap­pre­hended one of the sus­pects,” said the source who pre­ferred anonymity.

He said the other sus­pect tried to scare the home­less chil­dren with his ma­chete but they would not be de­terred. “See­ing that they could over­power and as­sault him, he climbed onto the roof. A size­able crowd had gath­ered and were bay­ing for his blood,” said the source.

A wit­ness said some­one from the crowd called po­lice who were man­ning a road­block in the Cen­tral Busi­ness Dis­trict (CBD).

“The road­block cops called col­leagues at Gweru Cen­tral Po­lice Sta­tion who re­acted quickly to ar­rest the sus­pects,” said the wit­ness.

Mavhura and Banda al­legedly told the po­lice that they were in­formed by one of the em­ploy­ees that there was $200 000 cash in the safe.

Mid­lands provin­cial po­lice spokesper­son As­sis­tant In­spec­tor Ethel Muk­wende con­firmed the in­ci­dent and said the sus­pects were as­sist­ing po­lice with in­ves­ti­ga­tions.

“I can con­firm that the po­lice in Gweru nabbed two armed rob­bers, Mavhura and Banda, in con­nec­tion with an at­tempted rob­bery of $200 000. They are as­sist­ing us with in­ves­ti­ga­tions and they will ap­pear in court soon,” said Insp Muk­wende. — @patiemt­siwi

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