National 20.9.2016 01:19 pm

Gang of robbers hits Salt Rock cellphone store

An armed gang robbed the Cell C store in the Tiffany's shopping centre on Monday, forcing open the doors with a crowbar. Picture: North Coast Courier.

An armed gang robbed the Cell C store in the Tiffany's shopping centre on Monday, forcing open the doors with a crowbar. Picture: North Coast Courier.

One of the armed men opened fire on the Alpha security officer’s vehicle as the other suspects climbed into their cars and fled the scene.

In the early hours of Monday morning, September 19, eight armed men carried out a well-coordinated hit on the Cell C store at Tiffany’s shopping centre in Salt Rock, on the Dolphin Coast of KwaZulu-Natal, reports the North Coast Courier.

According to the store manager, who did not wish to be named, shortly before 5am two vehicles, a Mercedes C-Class and a VW Polo, entered the parking lot of the shopping centre and reversed into parking bays on either side of the stairs leading up to the Cell C store.

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Seven men can be seen on security footage proceeding up the stairs, while one remains below as a lookout – acting casually and holding a firearm underneath his jacket.

The men then pried open the front doors with a crowbar and entered the shop, breaking open the inside door to the backroom in a similar fashion to gain access to the safe.

During the robbery, one of the centre’s security guards apparently realised what was going on and alerted emergency response services.

The seven men inside the shop were still attempting to break open the safe when a Alpha Security and Patrols’ vehicle arrived.

As soon as the patrol car drove into the parking lot, the lookout opened fire, shooting twice, and forcing the car back – simultaneously alerting the other criminals. The gang promptly left the store, piled into their cars and fled at high speed.

Rex Hunt of Alpha Security and Patrols told The Courier that the suspects robbed the store in about four minutes.

The criminals escaped with several demo cellphones and a laptop but were fortunately unable to gain access to the store’s safe.

Six weeks ago one security officer was killed and another was injured during an armed robbery at Mangwanani African Spa in the Ballito CBD.

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