Fairland police are searching for three suspects who burgled the Heathway Spur at the Heathway Centre in Johannesburg yesterday.
Fairland police communications officer Constable Moloko Kgatla said security guard arrived just as the three men were getting into their vehicle. A chase ensued and the suspects started shooting at the security guard who returned fire, Northcliff Melville Times reported.
“The suspects then hit the pavement after Vaugh Avenue before they proceeded to make a U-turn and then attempted to drive towards Cresta Mall. However, they abandoned the car and fled on foot,” he said.
The suspects made off with four television sets, two cellphones and a bottle of brandy was recovered inside the car.
He said that they suspected that these were the suspects that were behind the robbery that happened at Thunder Gun restaurant recently where two television sets were also stolen.
“We are pleading with residents to come forward with any information regarding these robberies. Restaurant owners must be on the alert and ensure at all times that they have activated their alarms before leaving at night,” said Kgatla.
In a separate incident, clothing stores in two different shopping centres in Pretoria West and Atteridgeville were robbed of thousands of rands last year.
Police spokesperson Captain Augustinah Selepe said: “The first robbery happened in Pretoria West at 9:55am in the Quagga Shopping Centre. Three men entered the Markham store and held staff hostage at gunpoint. Two of the three suspects were armed with 9mm pistols.”
Selepe said R7 000 was stolen, together with clothing and about 40 cellphones.
In the other incident, three men robbed the Exact shop in Attlyn Mall at gunpoint.
“The suspects took cash out of the tills and held staff hostage inside the storeroom where there was a safe. The three ordered staff to open the safe and put the boxes of [new] cellphones into a bag,” she added.
– Caxton News Service