Chaos at Cape Town mall during robbery

2015-05-07 15:43
Vangate Mall (Tammy Petersen, News24)

Vangate Mall (Tammy Petersen, News24)

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2015-04-30 12:57

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Cape Town - Tenants at a Cape Town shopping centre hit by a trio of robbers on Wednesday tried to lock the suspects in the store they had hit.

Chaos erupted at Vangate Mall in Athlone shortly before midday when the three “big” gun-toting suspects made their way to the Sherezad jewellery store, a witness said.

“People just started running in all directions,” he told News24.

“Everyone was screaming and fleeing the vicinity of the store. It was madness.”

Inside the shop, the suspects took a 59-year-old assistant to the back of the store, where they apparently grabbed all the gold jewellery.

An employee from a neighbouring store said one worker tried to keep the doors shut from the outside while calling for help.

“But when the guys came back out, they pointed their guns at him and threatened to shoot. He hadn’t realised they were armed. The robbers forced the doors open and sent him flying,” she said.

The shop assistant, who was kicked and smacked during the incident, was hospitalised and has since been released.

Three business robberies took place at Vangate Mall last year.

A shopper was also shot in an attempted hijacking in the centre’s parking lot in July last year.

Police confirmed a case of business robbery was being investigated.

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