Daring armed robbers stormed wholesale outlet, Bulk Cash and Carry, located on Basch Street and Khami Road in Bulawayo in broad daylight around 12.30 PM on Saturday.
The gang viciously assaulted staff and customers before getting away with more than US$2 000 in cash, a wallet and a till with an unspecified amount of money.
The shop’s supervisor, Solomon Mtandabari, told Sunday News that they were all taken by surprise by the robbers. He narrated:
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I just heard some commotion and someone yelled and said Solo what is happening outside and that’s when I replied and said I didn’t know what was going on.
From then on one of the robbers, I think they were four or five, cocked his gun and shouted that everyone should lie down.
One of them then came to me and asked where the money was. I told them that there was no money here today.
He asked me what the side room near the tills is for and I told him that it’s where ladies change and he asked to go into that room.
There was no cash in the changing room and the robber put a gun to the shaken supervisor’s head and told him to walk back inside the shop. Mtandabari continued:
He had the gun on me and then he asked the till operator where the money was. Meanwhile, they were still assaulting our boss Mr Shahazad.
He asked the till operator where the money was and she said there was a communication breakdown with our boss because his English is not good and that’s when they also slapped her.
They took the box with the cash and started hitting it with a hammer trying to open it.
The robbers took away US$2 000 from the shop, a phone and a wallet from the shop owner before assaulting a customer.
On their way out, the gang used their hammer to smash a door on the administration block.
Bulawayo police spokesman Inspector Abednico Ncube said he could not comment on the incident as he was yet to be briefed.