Robbery Gone Wrong As Kombi With Stolen Goods Overturns In Highspeed Chase
A gang of four robbers had a bad day in Masvingo recently when a security guard whose hands and legs they tied together managed to retrieve a phone from an inner pocket of his jacket and sent a message for reinforcements.
Masvingo Mirror reports that robbers had looted 112 tyres of different sizes worth RTGS$445 000 from Crown Duo Private Limited in the heavy industrial area. They were using a Mazda Bongo AEZ-1124 kombi as a getaway car.
The publication reports that efforts to get a comment from the Police were futile.
According to sources, the robbers arrived at Crown Duo in Masvingo at 2 am. The guard on duty heard a knock on the gate and walked to answer but he saw three strangers and retreated. He then heard a voice from behind ordering him to stop or be shot.
It was reported that the robber tied the guard’s hands and legs together, searched, and bundled him away. He found keys in the guard’s pockets but did not realize that his winter jacket had an inner pocket where he kept a small phone.
The guard reportedly pulled out the phone while the robbers broke doors, disturbed the camera system, switched off lights, and started looting the tyres.
The reinforcement team arrived when the kombi was inside the premises but a robber at the gate quickly tipped his colleagues and they sped off.
There was a hot chase and the getaway car overturned about 750m away near Doczin Service Station (KwaFidza). The robbers bolted out and escaped on foot.
Recently, armed robbers have been a menace. In March this year, a gang of seven armed robbers who were behind a spate of robberies was arrested while one was killed on Wednesday after police detectives cornered them at their hideout in Harare’s Kuwadzana 1 suburb.
Detectives from the Criminal Investigations Division (CID) tracked down the suspects after one of them dropped his mobile phone at one of the houses they had robbed.
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