Bulawayo Robbery: Woman Loses Employer’s US$14k Cash in Daring Daytime Heist
A Bulawayo woman lost US$14,000 in a well-orchestrated daylight robbery on a busy street in the city centre. The victim, whose identity remains undisclosed, had just withdrawn the money from a bureau de change when she was attacked by a knife-wielding suspect.
After following the woman to her car, the suspect jumped in through the rear passenger door and demanded money. Despite the victim’s resistance, the suspect resorted to violence and stabbed her on the left palm and thigh. The suspect then fled the scene with the cash and an iPhone 11.
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Police have launched a manhunt for the suspect. It is appealing to the public for any information that could lead to his arrest. Police spokesperson Inspector Abednico Ncube confirmed the robbery, reported chronicle.
“The suspect got into the victim’s car using the rear passenger door. While inside, the suspect pulled out a knife and demanded money,” stated Inspector.
Recent Upsurge in Armed Robberies
The robbery is the latest in a series of armed robberies that have been on the rise in the country in recent months. In September last year, five suspects got away with more than US$90,000 after pouncing on CBZ Bank‘s Fife Street branch in Bulawayo.
In 2020, the same bank’s 8th Avenue branch was robbed of $2.1 million, US$3,362, and R7,390 after six armed robbers attacked two security guards who were delivering Zupco’s weekend cash collections.
The increasing number of armed robberies in the country is a cause for concern. The police are urging members of the public and companies to take extra precautions when handling large sums of money.