Armed robbers pounce on service station in Kwekwe

Armed robbers pounce on service station in Kwekwe
Published: 05 July 2013 (2596 Views)
TWO armed robbers pounced on Sakunda Energy Service Station in Kwekwe on Tuesday and stole $4 500, police have confirmed.

Police said the suspects attacked a Sawa Security guard and threw him into the vehicle service pit before breaking into the service station shop where the cash was stashed.

Midlands Police Spokesperson, Inspector Emmanuel Mahoko confirmed the incident that occurred at the service station along Amaveni Road in Kwekwe at around 2 am.

Insp Mahoko said Mr Perter Mutembwa of Sawa Security was manning Sakunda Energy Service Station when two men driving a white sedan approached him purporting to be looking for fuel.

"Police are investigating a case of armed robbery in which two unknown men armed with an iron bar pounced on Sakunda Energy Service Station in Kwekwe on Tuesday morning and got away with $4 500. It is alleged that the two-armed robbers suddenly grabbed the security guard from behind before striking him with an iron bar once on the head and threw him into a vehicle service pit," he said.

Insp Mahoko said the two robbers went on to break into the service station shop where they blew a safe with an explosive and stole $4 500 cash.
He said the robbers also got away with the CCTV hard drives.

"The robbers sped off in their get away car," he said.

Insp Mahoko said the security guard alerted Fawcett Security which then attended the scene. The matter was subsequently reported to the police.

In a similar incident, a Kwekwe photographer was mugged at knifepoint by a "customer" who had hired him to take some family photos.

The incident occurred at Pistol 7 in Kwekwe on Tuesday at around 12 midday.

Insp Mahoko said the robber got away with cash and property valued at $ 524. He said police are investigating the case.

Insp Mahoko said the complainant met the suspect at National Foods Depot in Kwekwe.

"While on their way, the suspect produced a knife from his pocket and ordered the complainant to surrender all his money, the camera and a Nokia cellphone. The complainant had only $6 in his pocket. The suspect took the property and fled from the scene," he said.

Insp Mahoko appealed to members of the public who might have information leading to the arrest of the accused persons in both cases to report to any nearest police station or make use of the police suggestion box.

- Chronicle

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