Man robbed at V&A Waterfront

2014-10-03 12:12
The V&A Waterfront in Cape Town (File)

The V&A Waterfront in Cape Town (File) (Shutterstock)

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Cape Town - There has been a noticeable increase in robberies at Western Cape shopping malls, says Business Against Crime South Africa [Bacsa].

In one of the latest incidents, a man was robbed at 13:00 on Wednesday by five armed men in a parking lot of the upmarket V&A Waterfront, the Cape Argus reported.

This comes amid a spike in mall robberies in the Western Cape over the last two months, Eyewitness News quotes Bacsa as saying.

There have been armed robberies at Somerset Mall, Blue Route and Zevenwacht shopping malls recently. Last week, a pregnant woman was also robbed of her cellphone and dragged almost 20m just outside one of the entrances of Canal Walk shopping centre, the Cape Times said.

Bacsa says jewellery stores appear to be the main targets but cellphone stores are also being hit.

Meanwhile, no arrests have been made for the V&A Waterfront robbery, in which a 65-year-old man was robbed of jewellery.

But the mall said the incident had been captured on CCTV cameras and the footage has been handed to police.

Meanwhile, Gauteng police commissioner Lesetja Mothiba held a media briefing in September to speak about the recent spate of shopping mall robberies in Gauteng. He revealed that cellphones were the target in 95% of the robberies. At the time, it was reported that 11 mall robberies had been reported in the previous month.

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