Residents said they are shocked over how a burglar got access to teargas canisters.
The burglar managed to escape.
The residents said the use of such weapons is a new development in their area and urged police to make thorough investigations to ensure that such perpetrators are brought to book.
The incident took place in the early hours of Tuesday this week.
Some said they are now living in fear as they believe criminals have access to weapons.
It is not clear how the burglar managed to acquire tear gas canisters which are a preserve of law enforcement authorities.
Police Spokesperson Senior Assistant Commissioner Charity Charamba confirmed the incident and said investigations are continuing.