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Businessman robbed

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NORTON — Seven cheeky machete-wielding robbers pounced on a Norton businessman, William Mbata (40), tied his hands with a wire, and ransacked his house before demanding his shop keys from where they stole $2 500 cash and other valuables.

Mashonaland West provincial police spokesperson Inspector Clemence Mabgweazara confirmed the robbery which occurred at the businessman’s house in Johannesburg suburb at around 2am, last week.

“The complainant and his family were asleep when the armed gang pounced and tied him with a wire, demanded cash, but the complainant told them he did not have any money in the house,” he said.

“They however managed to take his Colt pistol.”
Police said the complainant surrendered keys to his shop and car.

The armed gang got into the businessman’s car and drove to the shop where they subdued two guards manning the premises using the stolen firearm and took $2 500 and a Pioneer radio.

“They drove back to the complainant’s house and deflated the tyres, took a JVC radio and three cellphones before fleeing the scene,” Mabgweaza said.

The matter was reported at Norton Urban Police Station, but no arrests have been made so far.

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