Another robbery at upmarket La Lucia mall

2015-10-14 17:40
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Durban – A woman was allegedly robbed of cash at knifepoint shortly after withdrawing money at the upmarket La Lucia Mall near Umhlanga in Durban, police said.

Police spokesperson Colonel Jay Naicker said a case of robbery was opened at the Durban North Police Station. "The suspects fled on foot," he said.

This is the second incident at the mall in four months. In July, a man was reportedly robbed of R50 000 in the undercover parking at the mall.

Speaking to News24, the latest victim, who did not want to be named, said she and a friend had been approached by a man wearing blue overalls and two of his "friends".

"They were conducting deliveries and told us they were selling the clothing. My friend and I went to Pick n Pay to withdraw cash so I could pay bills. We decided to see what they were selling."

The victim said she was led to the delivery area where she and her friend waited with one of the men while the others "went to bring the goods".

'Details of incident vary significantly'

"It took very long for them to bring the goods. He then asked if we could phone his friends. Two calls later, my friend decided to step away for a moment. When she did this, he pulled up his shirt and revealed a knife.

"He said I had to give him my envelope of cash. I was so shocked; I thought he was joking at first. As my friend returned, he calmly walked away."

Releasing a statement on the incident, the centre's manager, Vanessa Belvins, said the victim’s statement to mall officials did not match press reports and her submission to police.

"Contrary to press reports, there was no mention of any weapon being used, nor any violence being inflicted by the alleged perpetrators on the alleged victim when this was reported to Centre Security on Monday.

"The alleged victim reported the case to the SAPS a day later, the details of which vary significantly to what was initially reported to centre management security."

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