National 11.8.2016 12:14 pm

Cops hunting restaurant robbers



The robbers made their getaway in a car they hijacked outside the restaurant.

Police are still searching for two men who robbed a restaurant at Kolonnade shopping centre in Pretoria earlier this week.

The pair fled from police in a hijacked vehicle after robbing a Panarottis restaurant, Rekord North reported.

“Two men walked into our outlet in the Kolonnade around 2 and pointed a gun at our staff,” said Panarottis CEO Pierre van Tonder. “They forced open a safe and took about R6 000.”

Sinoville police spokesperson Warrant Officer Johan van Dyk said the men fled with their loot through the nearest exit and stopped a passing vehicle.

“They hijacked a white Toyota bakkie outside the mall, in which they fled,” Van Dyk said.

Police chased after the suspects.

Residents took to social media after they heard shots in the area. Some said about eight gunshots were fired in a shootout between police and robbers.

“The suspects eventually decided to abandon the vehicle and to flee on foot,” Van Dyk said.

The hijacked vehicle was recovered on the corner Enkeldoorn Avenue and Sefako Makgatho Drive, along with some of the cash stolen from Panarottis, but the robbers had disappeared.

“We are currently following up on leads to track down and arrest the two suspects,” Van Dyk said.

This was the second time in less than a year that Panarottis in Kolonnade had been the target of criminals.

Kolonnade centre management sent a statement to confirm that no one was harmed.

“No one was injured during the robbery and the police are continuing their investigation,” said marketing manager Ina Kotze.

Read more: Pretoria food outlet robbed at Kolonnade

– Caxton News Service


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