Spur hit by fake cops

2015-09-29 06:00

The Spur restaurant at Howard Centre has been hit by four armed man who pretended to be cops.

The four “officers” struck on Friday morning at about 08:30 when the restaurant was opening to start the business day.

It is alleged that the robbers entered using the door when no-one could see them. One of them was dressed in a police tracksuit.

They threatened staff members with guns and demanded money. No-one was injured, but they took an undisclosed amount of money and fled the scene.

At this stage it is not clear if they had a car to help them get away.

Though Howard Centre hasn’t had an armed robbery in some time this incident follows less than a month after a computer shop was also hit by thieves. It is alleged that computer equipment was taken from the shop. No-one has been arrested in that case yet.

Lieutenant-colonel Helena Mouton confirms the robbery at Spur: “A case of business robbery is being investigated and no-one has been arrested yet. We are appealing to anyone with information to help with the investigation.”

The police say they are not leaving anything to chance as the festive season is around the corner.

“We have intensified patrols at malls and centres – police have to be visible all the time,” Mouton says.

“We are also urging members of the public to report anything suspicious, be it a car or a group of people who seem to be wandering aimlessly. Report to the mall security or call the police immediately if there is anything suspicious. Even if we come there and it’s negative it’s better to be vigilant,” she says.

She also says victims should not confront robbers.

“These people might be dangerous, so contact the mall security or police if you happen to be at the mall and something suspicious is happening. No-one should confront them. We urge people to be very careful as the festive season is approaching but we will also continue to do our patrols,” she says.

Anyone with information regarding the Spur robbery can contact Pinelands police station on 021 506 2022/ 2116/ 2100

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