Bank customer tells of mall heist

2013-04-12 10:29
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Johannesburg - A bank customer has told how an armed gang entered the Bedford Centre mall in Johannesburg, robbing cash-in-transit guards of cash and guns.

Claude Bakel was in the Absa bank on Wednesday when the heist happened, The Star reported.

He said he heard one gunshot coming from the floor below before the bank went into lockdown.

“I panicked,” said Bakel. “But I felt safe inside the bank because they automatically locked the doors.” 

A police spokesperson said the robbers held up the cash-in-transit guards as they stepped out of the lift on the first floor of the centre.

A bag of cash with an undisclosed amount of money was also taken.

A witness said there were about seven or eight robbers who jumped onto the back of the bakkie as it made its getaway from the parking area.

“It was like an army, one of the guys on the back fired four or five shots in the air, as the bakkie left the parking,” said the person who didn’t want to be identified.

About 1km from the mall, police found an abandoned shopping trolley, empty money bag and a security guard’s black gun holster.

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