Markham, Exact stores robbed simultaneously

Police cordoned area. Picture: Neil McCartney

Police cordoned area. Picture: Neil McCartney

About 40 cellphones were stolen during one of the two robberies.

Clothing stores in two different shopping centres in Pretoria West and Atteridgeville were robbed of thousands of rands yesterday.

Police spokesperson Captain Augustinah Selepe said: “The first robbery happened in Pretoria West at 9:55 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, Rekord Moot reported.

The store did not have any CCTV cameras, Selepe said.

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.

Selepe said there were no cameras in the shop.

“There is footage of the premises but it is obscured by a tree. The total value of items lost and cash stolen is R78 300. The suspects are unknown and still on the run,” she said.

Selepe said no one was hurt during the two robberies.

– Caxton News Service

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