AN EIGHT member gang pounced on a security guard, who was manning Mars Fruit and Vegetable Shop in Thorngrove suburb, and tied his hands and feet with a rope and battered him all over the body while demanding keys to the safe.
The gang members were armed with iron bars, hammer, knives and a rope, a source close to investigations said.
While the hapless security was wriggling on the ground, some of the gang members demanded the keys to the safe.
“They took turns to bash him and he fell down. They tied his hands and feet with a rope and continued battering him while demanding safe keys. They then forcibly took away his wallet containing his National identity card, $30 and a Stylo cellphone worth US$30,”said a source close to investigations.
But they did not stop at that as one of the gang members hit him with an iron bar on the stomach.
“One of the accused persons, who was armed with an Okapi knife, placed it on his throat, threatening to stab him.
“Six of the accused persons stormed into the building and used a hammer and an iron bar to force open the door while two of them were left guarding the guard. After gaining entry into the building, the accused persons stole cash that was on top of the safe and the value is yet to be ascertained.”
The Fawcett Security Reaction Team arrived at the scene, forcing the accused persons to scale over the precast wall and flee.
“The Reaction Team failed to apprehend any of them and they reported the matter at Mzilikazi police station.
“The security guard was rushed to hospital where he has been receiving treatment and has been discharged,” said a source from the security company.
Bulawayo police spokesperson Inspector Abednico Ncube confirmed the incident:
“I can confirm that a security guard was tied with a rope by some of an eight member gang that stole an amount that is yet to be ascertained and they also stole his cash and a cellphone. We are appealing for information that may lead to the arrest of the eight member gang.”