Break-ins: burglars raid seven stores in Southcoast Mall

2011-08-17 00:00

TENANTS at Southcoast Mall had a rude awakening on Friday morning when they arrived at work to find that seven stores had been burgled.

A police report said the burglars had gained entry through the roof. “Although there were security guards on duty the perpetrators still managed to execute the break-ins,” said police spokesperson Lieutenant-Colonel Zandra Wiid. She said items such as cellphones and toys were stolen from two of the shops.

“No one has been arrested,” said Wiid.

The manager of Southcoast Mall, Tracy Kohler, said management was thankful that no one was hurt during the burglaries. She could not name the tenants affected by the break-ins.

“Southcoast Mall places extreme priority on providing a safe and secure working environment for its tenants as far as it possibly can,” said Kohler. She said it was a disappointing yet incontrovertible fact that crime in South Africa affects so many people.

“The mall, together with police special crimes unit, is in the process of conducting a thorough investigation into the incident,” she said.

When asked where the security guards were stationed and if there were any surveillance cameras installed, Kohler replied that she could not “compromise the safety of the building, tenants or customers” by disclosing the information.

“The case is still under investigation by SAPS.”

Anyone with information on the break-ins should call Warrant Officer Grant Trent on 083 594 8744.

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