Bus firm robbed of $30 000

Dy­na­mites used to blow up safe

The Manica Post - - Front Page - Abel Zhakata Se­nior Re­porter

AN IN­TER-Africa Buses se­cu­rity guard was left for dead fol­low­ing a vi­cious at­tack by 10 armed rob­bers who pounced on the bus com­pany’s Mutare de­pot and got away with $30 000 af­ter blow­ing up a safe us­ing dy­na­mites.

The chill­ing rob­bery hap­pened last Satur­day evening at the de­pot sit­u­ated at the pe­riph­ery of the Nyakamete In­dus­trial Area. The garage is used for park­ing buses and also has sleep­ing quar­ters for bus crew mem­bers. It also houses ad­min­is­tra­tion of­fices.

The com­pany’s ac­coun­tant was also at­tacked and had his hands and legs tied with elec­tric ca­bles while his man­ager es­caped the on­slaught by scal­ing the pre­fab­ri­cated wall and ran for dear life.

Man­i­ca­land po­lice spokesman, In­spec­tor Tavhir­ingwa Kako­hwa, could not im­me­di­ately give de­tails con­cern­ing the rob­bery when he was con­tacted for com­ment.

How­ever, detectives han­dling the mat­ter re­vealed that dy­na­mites were used to blow up the safe.

Cir­cum­stances to the rob­bery are that Rodgers Jichichi (35) who is em­ployed as a se­cu­rity guard at the de­pot was car­ry­ing out perime­ter checks around the garage when he was at­tacked by 10 un­known rob­bers who jumped over the se­cu­rity wall into the garage.

One of the rob­bers used a pick to as­sault him all over the body. Dur­ing the at­tack the rob­bers took away his Nokia cell phone.

The as­sailants went into Cle­ment Nyabadza’s of­fice who is the man­ager at the de­pot.

On sens­ing dan­ger, Nyabadza bolted from the of­fice, jumped over the wall and went away. He left his of­fice wide open.

The rob­bers went straight into Nyabadza’s of­fice and took a bunch of keys and a Huawei cell phone. They broke into Dav­i­son Hlangabeza’s of­fice who is the ac­coun­tant.

While in­side, the rob­bers used dy­na­mites to blow up the safe which was af­fixed to the wall. They stole cash amount­ing to $30 000.

Not know­ing what was hap­pen­ing, Hlangabeza came out to check when he heard Jichichi scream­ing. He fell into the hands of the rob­ber who sub­se­quently man­han­dled him from be­hind and tied him us­ing elec­tric ca­bles.

They dragged him out, searched and robbed him of his cell phone.

Af­ter com­mit­ting the crimes, the sus­pects jumped over the wall and dis­ap­peared into the dark­ness.

Nyabadza who had es­caped the at­tack went straight to Mutare Cen­tral Po­lice Sta­tion and filed a re­port.

Detectives re­cov­ered a black and white woollen hat at the scene dur­ing crime scene in­ves­ti­ga­tions.

Jichichi was quickly rushed to Mutare Pro­vin­cial Hos­pi­tal for treat­ment.

He suf­fered in­juries on his head.

— Pic­ture : Ti­nai Nyadzayo

Sakubva Pri­mary School head­mas­ter Mr Misheck Magoso tell hun­dreds of anx­iously wait­ing par­ents and learn­ers look­ing for places on the schools open­ing day on Tues­day that all grades were full.

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