Police commissioner steps in after latest mall robbery in Gauteng

2014-09-09 08:55

Gauteng police commissioner Lesetja Mothiba will brief the media today on the recent spate of shopping centre robberies in the province.

Last night, a robbery at a mobile phone store at the Glen shopping centre in Ormonde, Johannesburg, was the sixth robbery of a shop in a mall in the past two months.

“The suspects stole cellphones and fled the scene,” said Captain Doniah Mothutsane.

She was unable to confirm the value of the phones stolen or the number of people involved in the robbery.

Since November last year, the mall’s Samsung, iStore and Vodacom shops were robbed.

A Telkom store at the Kolonnade mall in Montana, Pretoria, was robbed of electronic goods worth more than R200 000 last Tuesday.

Last Monday, shops in Soweto’s Maponya mall and Randburg’s Northgate mall were robbed. A group of six men were involved in robbing security guards collecting money from inside the Maponya mall. One of the men fired a shot at the entrance.

At Northgate mall, two men forced the manager of the mobile phone store into the back office and robbed the store.

The iStore at Centurion Mall was robbed of goods worth more than R1 million on August 22.

On August 13, the iStore at Cresta mall in Johannesburg was robbed. One person was injured when the gang made its getaway.

On Saturday, a G4S security guard was shot dead when four men robbed them of cash they had collected from the Diepkloof Black Chain shopping centre in Soweto.

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