Two men were arrested in dramatic fashion by the police in Bulawayo after attempting to steal a Toyota Hiace kombi that was parked at the Bulawayo City Council Revenue Hall.
The incident took place on Thursday at around 10am along 8th Avenue between Robert Mugabe Way and Samuel Parirenyatwa Street.
Circumstances are that, three men who were driving a navy-blue Toyota Rav 4 with registration number AFG 8107, parked their vehicle in the middle of the road along 8th Avenue.
Two of the three-man gang disembarked from the vehicle they were driving and approached a white Toyota Hiace with registration number AEY 5141 that was parked at a parking bay outside the Revenue Hall.
According to a source who is a trader near the scene of the incident, Thabani Tshuma, the female owner of the kombi noticed the two men, with one of them already inside the kombi.
After observing that her car was invaded, she came running from the queue (she was in the queue to pay water bills) screaming and that alerted people in the surroundings about the theft.
“The men who were armed with a pair of scissors, a hammer and a knife tried to steal a white kombi.
“However, the owner of the car who is a lady managed to notice them from afar.
“She came running and screaming from the Revenue Hall which raised alarm about the theft. The crowd reacted very fast and managed to capture the two thieves.
“After seeing that the situation was out of hand, the other one who was driving a Rav 4 which was a get-away car, quickly moved out of the car and ran for his life, as he couldn’t manage to drive away as motorists had already blocked his way,” said Tshuma.
When a B-Metro crew arrived at the scene, the two suspects were already apprehended by the police for questioning.