Rorisang Kgosana
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24 Aug 2015
9:10 am

Two Centurion malls robbed in a day

Rorisang Kgosana

Two malls in Centurion, south of Pretoria have been hit by armed robbers on Sunday morning,

Police cordoned area. Picture: Neil McCartney

Centurion Concerned Citizens spokesperson, Hannes Du Buisson said the Edgars in Mall@Reds was robbed by five armed men just after 09:00, Rekord East reported.

“They entered the premises through the basement and held staff at gunpoint. They robbed the store’s cash float which was an undisclosed amount of money,” Du Buisson said.

He said the robbers fled in a white Ford Ranger bakkie. Du Buisson added medical services and trauma counsellors were called and attended to some of the staff who had fainted, apparently from the trauma and shock.

Police spokesperson Captain Bonginkosi Msimango said a case of business robbery was being investigated.

About an hour later, two shots were fired at Centurion Mall during an armed robbery at Vodashop.

Eyewitness Leoni Swart said she was just leaving the Mr Price Sport shop when she heard gunshots.

“I saw everyone running away from the exit of Vodashop. I went towards the exit to assist and saw the robbers had run out into the parking and already moved towards the outside the mall,” she said.

Lyttelton police spokesperson Warrant Officer Hero Gumbu said the four men were heavily armed, one with an R5 rifle and three with 9mm pistols.

“The one with the rifle was guarding the mall entrance near the Vodashop. One of them entered the shop and ordered the staff to load cellphones in a bag. As they left, they noticed someone was taking pictures of them and that is when shots were fired,” he said.

Gumbu said no one was injured and the armed men fled with cellphones valued at approximately R300 000.

“The suspects are aged between 30 and 40 years. They fled in a white Ford Focus, registration number DM 86 RT GP. We are investigating a case of business robbery.

Caxton News Service