A Salvation Army Church in Mbizo, Kwekwe was on Tuesday besieged by four masked armed robbers who stole US$400 and property worth thousands of dollars.
The robbers broke into the pastor’s house and took cash, property, groceries, and laptops while using the church vehicle as a getaway car which they later abandoned.
Salvation Army public relations officer, Captain Victor Mafukidze confirmed the robbery in Mbizo and revealed that it was the fourth robbery the church had experienced in one month. He said:
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Yes, I can confirm the robbery in Kwekwe which has become the latest in a number of robberies targeting our church.
We are living in fear as we are now a target of armed robbers. I don’t know who told them that we keep the money but the truth is that people are now using plastic money and we also bank all the cash that we receive.
In an interview with the Sunday News, pastor Major Martin Chitsiko’s wife said:
It was around 1 am and our two daughters were sleeping in the spare bedroom when one of them saw a torch on the window.
But since we stay near Mbizo Polyclinic, she just thought maybe it was one of the ambulances that usually ferry patients to the institution, little did she know they were robbers.
… The other robbers went to the girls’ room where they again tied the girls’ hands and legs using their body tops.
They started beating us up with a hoe handle demanding cash. We gave them all we had and they kept demanding more saying they wanted the church money but we kept telling them that we bank all the church funds.
They took away all our cellphones, blankets, groceries, a brand new two-plate gas stove and its tank as well as two laptops and drove off.
Our eldest daughter, however, managed to untie herself and came to our rescue. We then notified parishioners who stay nearby who helped make a police report.