BUSINESS came to a standstill in Bulawayo’s Central
Business District (CBD) yesterday when police cordoned off streets leading to
Fidelity Building at Corner 11th Avenue and Fife Street, where suspected armed
robbers were reportedly holed up, but the situation later turned into an
anti-climax as after combing the premises for four hours with hordes of
onlookers holding their breath, it was discovered that the criminals had made
good their escape.
The suspected armed robbers reportedly sneaked out with
US$6 270 as well as 5 000 Rand from one of the offices in the 12-storey
building, before police were called to the scene. National police spokesperson
Assistant Commissioner Paul Nyathi confirmed the incident saying the suspected
robbers pounced on a Women Empowerment Trust housed in the building that also
acts as a money transfer agent. They also harassed customers who were queuing
to get their money who they allegedly locked into a room.
“The ZRP is investigating an armed robbery incident which
occurred at a Women Empowerment Trust at 6th Floor, Fidelity Building, Bulawayo
where two armed robbers pounced and got away with US$6 270 as well as R5 000.
The company is also involved in money transfer. They also harassed customers
who wanted to collect and deposit their money,” Asst Comm Nyathi said.
He said police reacted swiftly to information and cordoned
off the building with initial reports indicating that the robbers were still
inside the building. Asst Comm…