Armed robbers broke into a Filabusi businessman’s home around 2 AM on Monday and went away with US$20 660, R72 300 and $1 100 among other valuables.
Douglas Chitengo, who owns Spacebird Garage in Filabusi, and his family were attacked by a gang armed with three pistols while sleeping in their house.
Matabeleland South provincial police spokesperson Chief Inspector Philisani Ndebele confirmed the incident. He said:
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… unidentified men who were armed with three pistols and an iron bar forcibly opened a sliding door and gained entry.
They demanded cash and took US$20 660, R72 300, RTGS1 100 which was in a wardrobe. They also took eight cellphones, a laptop, groceries and children’s clothes and fled from the scene. The matter was reported to the police who attended the scene.
A police source told the Chronicle that when the robbers pounced, Chitengo attempted to resist but they threatened to shoot him and his family.
He showed them the cash which was stashed in a wardrobe and they took the money, switched off the lights, locked their victim and his family in the house and fled.