In a daring heist, armed robbers targeted a Delta Beverages manufacturing plant in Rusape, Zimbabwe, making off with a total of US$43.
The incident took place on Friday night, and police have launched an investigation, appealing to the public for any information that may aid in the case.
Manicaland Police Spokesperson Inspector Nobert Muzondo confirmed the robbery to the Chipinge Times. Circumstances are that the three robbers gained entry into the premises around 3 pm. They first targeted Cosmas Butawo, a 57-year-old Guardian Security employee, and assaulted him with an iron rod before tying his hands with shoe laces. The assailants then proceeded to the guard room, where they restrained two more security guards, Brighton Nyamangwanda (37) and Nyasha Mundagowa (25).
During the course of the robbery, the criminals also took away a service pistol belonging to Butawo. Meanwhile, Leo Mutume, a Delta truck driver, caught sight of the commotion and attempted to intervene, but he was apprehended by the armed robbers. They managed to take US$43 from him before proceeding to the safe, which they forcefully opened.
To their dismay, the robbers discovered that the safe was empty. After their unsuccessful attempt, they hastily left the premises. Butawo and the security guards, Nyamangwanda and Mundagowa, eventually freed themselves and immediately contacted Augustine Gambiza, the plant manager, who promptly filed a police report.
The police are actively investigating the incident, and they urge anyone with relevant information to come forward and assist in bringing the robbers to justice.