Africa-Press – Zimbabwe. Police said that the lone armed robber who pounced on a ZB Bank branch in Victoria Falls late on Wednesday afternoon fled the scene through the back exit.
The suspect had posed as a genuine customer and inquired about the requirements to apply for a bank loan from bank staff.
In a statement, ZRP said that as the bank was about to close for the day, the suspect remained behind while other customers were leaving.
He made sure that all the other customers had left before brandishing an unknown pistol and robbing the bank of US$12 000. Police said:
The ZRP confirms that a robbery case occurred at ZB Bank, Victoria Falls, on 30/11/22 at around 1555 hours where an unknown suspect, armed with an unidentified pistol, posed as a genuine customer who wanted to enquire on the requirements to apply for a bank loan.
As the bank was about to close for the day, the suspect remained behind while other customers were leaving. After all the other customers had left, he produced a pistol and ordered the bank tellers to surrender cash in their tills.
The suspect stole US$12 000 before fleeing through the back exit door. Investigations are underway to account for the suspect.
In January last year, a cash-in-transit ZB Bank vehicle was robbed of US$2.7 million and $43 000 at Gwebi River Bridge along the Harare-Chirundu Road.
The robbery was believed to have been an inside job where three security personnel in the vehicle allegedly connived with robbers.