Eight armed robbers Sunday stormed the Bulawayo High Court and gained entry into the court’s criminal registry after attacking and disarming police officers manning the premises.
The incident was confirmed by police national spokesperson Assistant Commissioner Paul Nyathi who indicated that the attack occurred around 4 AM. Nyathi said:
We are investigating an armed robbery case which occurred at the Bulawayo High Court yesterday morning at 4AM. It is said about eight suspects went to the court and attacked two officers who were on duty and these suspects were armed with pistols.
After attacking them, they blindfolded one of the officers. They then tried to force open the court’s main safe to the criminal registry’s office using a key. After failing, they tried again to use a grinder and, in the process, it is alleged that they were making phone calls.
The officer who sustained some serious injuries was taken to a hospital in Bulawayo where he is receiving treatment.
Asst Comm Nyathi said police suspect the robbers had inside information adding that investigations were underway to establish the motive behind the robbery and the attack on the officers.
An anonymous legal expert told ZBC News that a crime registry can store exhibits which include weapons used by criminals in committing crimes adding the exhibits are very vital in the prosecution process and probably these robbers wanted to steal these exhibits or destroy important documents.
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