ROB­BERS BOMB SAFE $1 000 stolen, $2 000 de­stroyed in ex­plo­sion

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Front Page - Whins­ley Masara

THREE men se­verely as­saulted two se­cu­rity guards at a whole­sale in Bulawayo be­fore blast­ing open a safe and get­ting away with $1 168 and a lap­top.

The trio is sus­pected to have scaled a se­cu­rity wall at Mega Pak Com­pany sit­u­ated along Khami Road af­ter mid­night on Mon­day.

They bashed Mr Nkosiyabo Ngwenya (32) and Mrs Sikhangele Mlilo (46) from Quedec Se­cu­rity Com­pany with logs and threat­ened to shoot them.

The guards sus­tained se­ri­ous head in­juries and are ad­mit­ted to Mpilo Cen­tral Hos­pi­tal.

The Chron­i­cle vis­ited the crime scene yes­ter­day and saw tiny pieces of ban­knotes that were al­legedly de­stroyed when the thieves used ex­plo­sives to open the safe.

The money was scat­tered around a room that housed the safe.

Shards of glass and splin­ters from a de­stroyed wooden wall filled the room.

Mr Methuseli Dube (40), the op­er­a­tions man­ager at Quedec Se­cu­rity which guards the premises, said the two guards heard noise in the back yard and went to check.

“They didn’t find any­thing. They split up to search the front. As they ar­rived at the front of the build­ing, three men pounced on them and bashed them with logs,” he said.

“The rob­bers dis­armed the se­cu­rity guards and forced them into a room at the back yard. They made them lie on the floor on their stom­achs be­fore ty­ing their hands and legs”.

Mr Dube said the trio grabbed the guards’ ba­tons and struck them sev­eral times on their heads as they threat­ened to shoot them.

“One of them kept watch on the guards while two oth­ers pro­ceeded to the main en­trance. They broke the lock to the doors and en­tered the ware­house.

“They went into the store­room where they blasted the safe and stole all the money. They im­me­di­ately melted into the dark­ness,” he said.

Mrs Mlilo, Mr Dube said, man­aged to free her­self, un­tied her part­ner and the pair sought help.

A Mega Pak man­ager who spoke on con­di­tion of anonymity said the ex­plo­sives shred­ded most of the money that was in the safe.

“They used some­thing to force open the door to the room hous­ing the safe. They blew it up us­ing ex­plo­sives which un­for­tu­nately shred­ded most of the notes,” said the man­ager.

“The door to the safe flew into that wooden wall, de­stroy­ing it and break­ing glass,” she said, point­ing at the wall.

The man­ager said it was for­tu­nate that they had banked most of their cash.

“I’m sure the rob­bers were mon­i­tor­ing us for a while and with the traf­fic here, they prob­a­bly ex­pected to get a huge sum of money,” said the man­ager.

A source within the com­pany said about $3 000 was in the safe on the night of the rob­bery.

The source said the rob­bers also got away with an HP lap­top from the man­ager’s of­fice and the guards’ cell­phones.

Bulawayo Metropoli­tan Prov­ince act­ing police spokesper­son As­sis­tant In­spec­tor Abed­nico Ncube said police were in­ves­ti­gat­ing the rob­bery.

“I can con­firm that we re­ceived a report of a rob­bery that oc­curred on Mon­day morn­ing. The thieves got away with $1 168.

“We con­tinue to urge busi­nessper­sons to avoid keep­ing cash at their premises or homes as this at­tracts thieves. It is safer to de­posit money in a bank,” said Asst Insp Ncube.—@win­nie_­masara.

The bro­ken safe which was bombed by rob­bers af­ter mid­night on Mon­day at Me­gaPak Whole­sale (pic­tured top) in Bulawayo

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