Police in Bulawayo was last week involved in a movie-style high-speed chase with robbers who had broken into a parked car and snatched a purse.
Reports indicate that when the break-in occurred, several motorists (using three cars, a BMW, a white Honda Fit and grey VW Golf GTI) joined the chase and cornered the robbers who then abandoned the ‘getaway’ unregistered Honda Fit and fled in another car.
Bulawayo acting police spokesperson Assistant Inspector Abednico Ncube confirmed to Newsday on Monday that he had received a report on the incident. He said:
A lady had parked a vehicle. On return, she saw a person standing next to her car and was holding a purse which she identified as hers.
She screamed, drawing the attention of the public. The person got into a red Honda Fit which had no number plates.
The victim of the robbery, Thobekile Sithole had parked her Toyota Hilux and entered a shop. She said:
While I was in the shop, one of the criminals broke into my car and when I came out of the shop after 10 minutes, I saw the car door open and he was still inside searching.
I had left my car locked using the central locking system, which they managed to bypass.
When I saw him, I shouted and the man came out of the car carrying my purse, which contained my driver’s licence, bank cards, US$20 and ZWL$15.
The woman’s screams alerted the robbers who sped off in the getaway car which they abandoned in Makokoba suburb.
The robbers then jumped into a Honda Fit which they later abandoned in Mzilikazi.
The police finally arrested a suspicious-looking man in Mzilikazi who was said to be helping police with investigations over the robbery.
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