3 nabbed for mall robberies

2014-09-13 09:10

Three men were arrested in Tembisa, north east of Joburg, in connection with the recent spate of mall robberies in Gauteng, the Hawks said.

“We arrested three foreign nationals in Tembisa this afternoon,” spokesperson Captain Paul Ramaloko said yesterday.

“We are continuing the investigation.”

Ramaloko said it was hoped more arrests could be made as the Hawks continued their investigation.

No court date has yet been set.

On Tuesday, Gauteng police commissioner lieutenant-general Lesetja Mothiba said malls in the province had been robbed 11 times in the past month.

“Gauteng is the worst affected province,” Mothiba told reporters in Johannesburg.

He said there had been isolated incidents in other provinces, but that Gauteng malls had been robbed 11 times since August 13.

Mothiba said 12 malls had been identified as high risk. Police visibility would be increased, with the deployment of Nyalas (armoured vehicles).

The modus operandi of the robbers was to enter shops posing as customers.

Mothiba said police suspected all the robberies may have been inside jobs, which was worrying.

He urged employers to look into their employees’ integrity because it made the police and shop owners’ jobs difficult.

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