A couple from Bulawayo’s Thorngrove suburb was left counting their losses after a gun-totting robber pounced at their house and got away with US$3 080 and R4 200.
It is alleged a man scaled over the precast wall at the couple’s house in Thorngrove last Thursday at around 1am before using an unknown object to open the window.
According to a source close to investigations Netsai Twala and his wife were awakened by the bedroom door slamming shut.
“The robber got into their bedroom, Netsai tried to wrestle him out of the bedroom but he was overpowered by the daring thief,”said the source.
The robber who was armed with an iron bar and a pistol allegedly hit Netsai with the bar on the knee and left him wriggling on the floor. He reportedly warned him not to scream.
“He threatened to shoot him if he tried to fight back. He pointed the pistol at Netsai’s wife and ordered her to obey instructions that he would give to her,” said the source.
The thief allegedly demanded cash and threatened to kill the couple if they failed to give him money. Netsai’s wife had to surrender cash to the thief.
“She gave US$3 080 and R4 200 to the thief,” said the source.
A report was made at Mzilikazi Police Station.
Acting Bulawayo police spokesperson Assistant Inspector Nomalanga Msebele confirmed the incident.
“We are investigating a case of robbery which occurred at Thorngrove where a couple was robbed of US$3 080 and R4 200 at gunpoint.
We would like to advise members of the public not to keep large sums of money at home. They should keep the money at banks,” said Asst Insp Msebele.
She appealed to members of the public to assist with information that could lead to the arrest of the suspect.