Hawks take over Bedford Centre heist probe

2015-01-30 08:30
Forensic investigators stand next to a car at the Bedford Centre in Johannesburg following a shoot-out. (Werner Beukes, Sapa)

Forensic investigators stand next to a car at the Bedford Centre in Johannesburg following a shoot-out. (Werner Beukes, Sapa)

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2015-01-29 13:30

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Johannesburg - The Hawks have taken over the investigation into the Bedford Centre robbery and shooting, Gauteng police said on Friday.

"The case has been referred to the Hawks," said Lieutenant Colonel Katlego Mogale.

She dismissed a Beeld report that the mastermind of the shoot-out was arrested.

She said no other arrests had been made.

"Only two suspects are under police guard at hospital, and that is tantamount to being arrested."

Hawks spokesperson Hangwani Mulaudzi could not immediately be reached.

Dramatic shoot-out

Seven people were injured in a shoot-out at the Bedford shopping centre in Bedfordview, east of Johannesburg, on Thursday.

Three customers, two security guards and two robbers were injured and taken to hospital.

Mogale could not provide an update on their conditions on Friday.

On Thursday, police said the security guards were collecting cash inside the centre when they were confronted by a group of armed men.

"A shooting ensued between them, with some customers caught in the crossfire. An undisclosed amount of money was taken by some of the suspects," Mogale said at the time.

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