The robbers, who are now on the run, had pounced on a local tyre shop and loaded 112 new tyres worth $455 000 in their commuter omnibus which overturned as they were escaping.
Masvingo provincial police spokesperson Inspector Kudakwashe Dhewa confirmed the robbery that took place at Crown Duo Tyres Services along Factory Road in the industrial areas. Said Insp Dhewa:
On 5 May at around 2 AM three suspects with a commuter omnibus parked in front of the premises where Panaganai Maketiwa (21) of Junior Security Company was guarding and threatened him with a gun.
The suspects ordered him to lie down and tied him with an electric cable and took the keys to the storeroom.
Isp Dhewa said the security guard managed to untie himself after the suspects loaded some tyres and drove off.
He then sent an emergency message to the control centre requesting backup. Added Isp Dhewa:
After some time, the robbers came back with a trailer to load more tyres. While loading the tyres they noticed the reaction team and jumped into the vehicle and drove off.
The suspects lost control of the vehicle and overturned. The three fled from the scene and left the vehicle and tyres behind.
The police recovered 112 tyres of different sizes ranging from size 13-17 and the commuter omnibus.