Villagers in Plumtree thwarted an armed robbery attempt at Kweneng Business Centre around 8 PM on Tuesday.
The villagers reportedly rushed to assist a shopkeeper after a man posing as a customer tried to rob her.
The spokesperson for the Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) in Matabeleland South Province Inspector Loveness Mangena confirmed the incident. She said:
This person arrived at 8 pm. He took out a US$1 note saying he was hungry and wanted to buy a soft drink.
The complainant went to open the shop, and he tried to push her inside, sensing danger the woman screamed attracting three people who were still outside the shops.
When interrogated, the suspect said he only wanted to buy a drink, and he immediately left.
He came back 40 minutes later and fired two shots in the direction of people who were still there.
They ran away and hid in one of the homesteads close by.
They locked themselves inside a house and he damaged four window panels.
The husband of the victim, Thakazelani Tshuma told CITE’s Senzeni Ncube that when his wife screamed, people who were nearby came running to the scene. He said:
She told me that they had already closed when this man came intending to buy a drink, she said she told him to go to the window.
While she went to the other side to open the door, the man followed her and tried to push her inside the shop, that was when the commotion started as she tried to push him away.
My wife screamed attracting the attention of the people who were still at the nearby bar, they came running armed with stones trying to find out what was going on.
Inspector Mangena urged business owners to observe operating times and not entertain people who come after hours as they risk being robbed.