MWILA NTAMBI, Kitwe
ARMED robbers on Sunday night snatched two safes containing K48,200 cash and US$7,000 from Camco Equipment in Kitwe after attacking managers who live within the company premises.
Copperbelt commissioner of police Charity Katanga said in an interview yesterday that the robbery happened around 19:45 hours at Camco Equipment on the Kitwe-Chingola road near Copperhill Mall.
She said company branch manager Liu Ji Shi reported to the police that he and four others were attacked by six criminals who got away with two money safes.
Mrs Katanga said the safes contained K41,200 cash and US$7,000 while an additional K7,000 was stolen from the complainants’ pockets at gun-point.
The criminals are still on the run and no arrests have been made so far.
And Camco Equipment human resource and administration manager Herman Habasimbi said the robbery happened when the victims were preparing supper.
Mr Habasimbi said they heard a knock at the gate and when they went to check, they found men armed with guns who ordered them to open the gate.
Upon entering, the criminals demanded to be given the safes but when the branch manager told them that he did not have the keys, they beat him up.
Mr Habasimbi said the other person who tried to protect his friend was also stabbed with a knife before being beaten up.
The victims were admitted to Sinozam Friendship Hospital in Nkana West, where they got treated and were discharged while Mr Liu is still in hospital.
The criminals went away with two safes and a Ford Ranger van registration ABV 6210, which was recovered yesterday on the Kitwe-Chingola road.
Early this month, four bandits attacked Mama Africa Supermarket employee Davies Mubanga and grabbed K120,000 cash from him as he was taking the money to the bank.
The armed robbers intercepted the vehicle on which Mr Mubanga was travelling and demanded for the money.
The daylight robbery happened on May 4 around 09:30 hours.
Recently, Mrs Katanga urged the business community in Kitwe to engage police whenever they are transporting huge sums of money from one point to the other to avoid being attacked by armed robbers.