Suspects at large following Clearwater Mall robbery

FILE PIC: SAPS at a crime scene. Picture: Refilwe Modise

FILE PIC: SAPS at a crime scene. Picture: Refilwe Modise

No arrests have been made after four armed suspects robbed a jewellery store at Clearwater Mall in the west of Johannesburg.

Provincial spokesperson Major Mack Mngomezulu said four male suspects were involved in an armed robbery last night. Three suspects entered the store under the pretence of intent to make a purchase. Of the three suspects, one pointed a firearm at the staff and demanded that they open the safe. Items were taken from the safe, Roodepoort Northsider reported.

Clearwater general manager Vicky Denyschen said: “One of the suspects stayed outside as a lookout while the three men escorted the Browns security guard inside.”

Denyschen added Clearwater security was alerted to the incident and immediately rushed to the store. On the time of their arrival, the smoke bomb (a security deterrent) had been set off. The guards heard a loud bang and ducked, but on inspection there was no evidence of any bullet damage or casings.

No shots were fired, and no arrests have been made. A case of business robbery is under investigation.

Last month, five armed robbers were forced to abandon their mission to rob Cabouchon Jewellery Shop in Johannesburg after security reacted.

The mall marketing manager, Christian Louw, said the robbers fled empty handed in a white Ford Focus getaway car. Louw said the suspects fired a few shots in the air as they forced their way out of the mall. The attempted armed robbery played itself out in a parked area, which took shoppers and onlookers of Nicolway Bryanston by surprise.

– Caxton News Service


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