ARMED robbers vanished with US$6,000 cash and ZAR 5 000 this Saturday afternoon at a financial institution in Bulawayo, even as police besieged the place.
As reported by HourlyHits earlier, police cordoned off the area around Fidelity Life Centre building in Bulawayo CBD just after midday after receiving reports that an armed robbery was in progress at a women empowerment firm housed in the high-rise building.
In a stand-off that lasted hours, additional police units were brought in and a huge crowd watched from a distance as tactical police units positioned themselves for what looked like a movie-style raid into the building. But when police units eventually stormed the building, it turned out the armed robbers had vanished into thin air with the cash.
In an update this Saturday evening, police spokesperson Paul Nyathi confirmed that a robbery took place and investigations were ongoing.
“The ZRP is investigating an armed robbery incident which occurred at a trust and women empowerment company at 6th Floor, Fidelity Building, Bulawayo where two suspects armed with pistols attacked complainants and took US$ 6 270.00 as well as ZAR 5 000.00 cash,” Nyathi said.
“The company is also involved in money transfer,” he added without disclosing further details.
Eyewitnesses told HourlyHits that it was mysterious how the robbery suspects escaped because police arrived whilst the robbery was just starting out.
“Police combed the entire building from ground floor to the top, room by room including the bathrooms, but surprisingly drew blanks,” Nkosi Nkomazana, a tenant at the building, told HourlyHits.
“We now believe the robbers left just before the first police unit arrived, otherwise there is no other logical explanation for what happened,” added Nkomazanaz shaking his head in disbelief.
Police have since re-opened 11th Avenue and Fife Street, the streets which sandwich the Fidelity Life Centre Building where the armed robbery took place.