MASERU — Four men were arrested last week for allegedly robbing a Chinese-owned supermarket of M100 000 in cash, the police have said.
The armed robbers, aged between 25 and 33, also stole airtime vouchers worth an estimated M5 000 and boxes of cigarettes whose value was not disclosed.
“It is suspected that the suspects had inside information about the money that was kept in the shop,” Masupha Masupha, the police spokesman, said.
He said a security officer who was on duty was shot and injured during the robbery.
He sustained serious injuries and was rushed to hospital.
“A 32-year-old man from Naleli was arrested after police found M2 000, a 9mm illegal firearm, airtime worth M1 435 and lots of cigarettes in his house while a second suspect aged 30 from Ha Abia was found with M1 400 cash, M1 200 worth of airtime at his place,” he said.
A third suspect, who is aged 25, was found with M900 cash and the fourth suspect from Ha Leqele was found with M4 400 cash and a taxi that was used during the robbery.
A taxi, commonly referred to as a “4+1” which the police suspected was used to stage the robbery, was also found at the suspect’s place.
“We are looking for more suspects who were involved in this case,” Masupha said.
The police said they confiscated money, airtime, boxes of cigarettes and a 9mm illegal firearm from the suspects’ places.
Police are still investigating the case. The suspects are still in police custody.
There have been several cases of Chinese businessmen, who sometimes keep lots of money at their business premises, losing their cash to armed robbers.
The police have in the past advised businessmen to keep money in the banks.