Acting Assistant Commissioner and Commander NCD-Central, Anthony Wagambie Junior, said four gunmen posing as customers forced their way into the shop when the security steel door was opened by an employee, held up the Asian manager and stole the cash and a Sig Sauer automatic pistol kept in a drawer inside the shop.
Acting ACP Wagambie Jnr said the firearm theft is worrying and police are now working around the clock to identify the suspects and recover the weapon.
Wagambie Jnr warned licenced firearm owners to be more responsible with the weapons in their possession, saying lethal weapons ending up in the hands of criminals will only pose greater risks to the lives of innocent citizens living in the city and Central Province.
Commander Wagambie said four of the suspects – employees of the shop – are being detained on suspicions of colluding with the criminals. He said CCTV footage purportedly showing the employees communicating with the gunmen were extracted and kept by police as part of this ongoing investigation.
He commended police detectives for the excellent and quick investigations which resulted in the initial arrest. He said more suspects are expected to be arrested as the investigation progresses.