POLICE in Zimbabwe say they are yet to establish the motive behind the break in at the high court in Bulawayo on Sunday morning. Eight armed robbers broke into the registry office at the high court after disarming police officers who were manning the premises.
National police spokesperson assistant commissioner Paul Nyathi said investigations are underway.
“We don’t want to speculate.Let’s wait for investigations to be conducted, l know people are coming up with a lot of theories but we appeal that they allow the police the space to conduct investigations.”
According to police, about eight suspects armed with pistols went to the court and attacked two officers who were on duty.
“After attacking them, they blindfolded one of the officers. They then tried to force open the court’s main safe to the criminal registry’s office using a key. After failing, they tried again to use a grinder and, in the process, it is alleged that they were making phone calls,” said Assistant Commissioner Nyathi.
He said after failing in their attempts, they tied the hands and legs of one of the police officers. The officer, who sustained some serious injuries, was taken to hospital where he is receiving treatment.
Police suspect the robbers had inside information. “These guys had inside information and we want to establish the motive behind the robbery and the attack on the officers. We are also appealing for information that can lead to the arrest of these criminals “said Assistant Commissioner Nyathi.
A crime registry can store exhibits which include weapons used by criminals in committing crimes.
The exhibits are very vital in the prosecution process.