Robbers posing as customers hit Cape Town restaurant

2015-02-09 15:37

Cape Town – A family restaurant at the Tyger Valley Shopping Centre in Cape Town, became the latest target of robbers who pretended to be customers late on Sunday evening, according to reports.

According to the TygerBurger the five armed robbers had made their way to the local Panarottis branch. But after being met with closed doors they proceeded upstairs to the Spur restaurant.

Laretha Blom, a spokesperson for the centre, told the newspaper that the robbers pulled out their weapons and began robbing Spur staff and customers.

A staff member, who had remained hiden, had alerted that centre’s security personnel who then called the police.

The TygerBurger reported that after the security guards gave chase, a shoot-out between them and the robbers ensued in the parking lot.

The robbers managed to getaway with R9 000, a customer’s cellphone and an iPad.

No one was seriously injured during the robbery.

Last month Netwerk24 reported that at least 30 robbers were involved in the cash-in-transit heist at a Gauteng mall.

Security guards collecting cash from a bank in the centre were confronted by the gang, who took an undisclosed amount of money.

A shoot-out ensued, with seven people being injured, including two robbers.

Netwerk24 reported that one of the injured suspects could be one of the country's most notorious cash-in-transit robbers.

The robber's left shinbone was reportedly hit during the shoot-out. He left a long trail of blood as he crawled down the centre's escalators to the basement, where he apparently tried to hijack a 75-year-old man's car, according to the report.

He is under police guard in hospital.

The gang was well-organised and took positions above the guards during the ambush, but the guards fought back, sending them fleeing. AK47 rounds littered the floor.

  • Ann Murray - 2015-02-09 15:44

    Pretty sad that one can feel threatened almost anywhere nowadays! Hope all victims involved will continue being okay and get over the shock of having their persons violated in such a manner!

      William Segal - 2015-02-09 16:58

      adds new meaning to agoraphobia Ann ... not a place i ever dreamed of living

      Zip Reeper - 2015-02-09 19:38

      panarottis more upmarket. i can see why affirmative shoppers checked there first.

      Eric Southland - 2015-02-10 07:57

      There is nothing more irritating than people in a restaurant that is supposed to have a family meal or meal with friends that are constantly sits and network or FB not talking much to each other. So good riddance to the i-pad.

  • Esme Strydom - 2015-02-09 15:49

    WOW Now you cant even take your children to a 'child safe' restaurant to eat. This is becoming seriously ridiculous!

  • Kim Wild - 2015-02-09 15:51

    Just another reason not to feel safe anywhere.

  • Johan Nothnagel - 2015-02-09 15:54

    Why is this news ? Its a daily activity in SA nowadays.......sponsored by the ANC

      Jim King - 2015-02-09 17:57

      this is africa ... as the economy crumbles and people lose jobs robberies will increase 2000%

      Jim King - 2015-02-09 17:58

      invest in proper security companies shares are gna climb

  • Andrew M - 2015-02-09 15:58

    These bastard crooks are becoming more brazen everyday. Just once again proves how ineffective our police have become under the present leadership.

      Bradly Minnaar - 2015-02-09 16:03

      Brazen like their president

  • Lorraine Mamabolo-Edeh - 2015-02-09 16:10

    Eh eh, this is getting too close to home now...are we safe ANYWHERE? Places of work...CHURCH? hospitals and schools...It seems these thugs have no boundaries - not that there should be "dedicated areas" where they can rob, but something needs to be done to scare them off, it seems they are no longer afraid of anything. Can you imagine losing your life at a family restaurant for a mere R9K, a cellphone and an Ipad? I mean, between the 5 of them, how much do they each take out of that?

      karin.devereuxrackley - 2015-02-09 21:03

      Agree !!! But at tygervalley spur there are as many black families as are white, for f.... Sake, how can they target a family resturant. I know this sounds racial but do we get scared when we see groups of well dressed 'black " men walking together, this is making everyone scared and angry, it's racial profile ing but that's the fact, all been groups of black men( non white ) we need to end this, strict checks in centers and qualified profilers walking around under cover....I don't know the answer but I'm there almost daily and often with my kids, where is any family both black white Indian ect safe !!!

  • Ring Worm - 2015-02-09 16:10

    These guys are real chops

  • Ring Worm - 2015-02-09 16:10

    These guys are real chops

  • John Kahn - 2015-02-09 16:13

    The biggest stumbling block to dealing with issues in SA, including crimes, is our Constitution. The world acclaimed constitution was the biggest concessionary blunder the ANC leaders under Mandela have made. If you want to test it, get injured wrestling a criminal - they will be airlifted to hospital at your cost, and you will be left to die unless you have a Discovery medical aid card on you

      Mpho Gatja - 2015-02-09 17:01

      Europeans love it because it protected whites, thieves and all the criminals. It is good.

  • Hentie Vollgraaff - 2015-02-09 16:23

    Surely this cannot be a profitable crime. Taking morality of of the equation the risks still out way the possible profit by far. R10000 divided between 4/5 people for all that risk! What am I missing?

      Lorraine Mamabolo-Edeh - 2015-02-09 16:25

      It makes no sense, right?! So are these maniacs just on the loose and doing this for fun...testing the waters before "hitting the big time"...but at the cost of people's lives - SHOOT OUTS?

  • Joe Black - 2015-02-09 16:27

    2 out of 7 is not great. Hope people did not get too seriously injured.

  • Joe Black - 2015-02-09 16:27

    But what a utterly depraved criminal. Robs customers, then security guards, then wants to steal an elderly gentleman's car. Hope he goes away for a loong time.

  • criticallyhonest - 2015-02-09 16:30

    Guess what? As we experience more organised crime such as this one we will see.... More police and security assigned to the likes on Nkandla and less assigned to places such as Tygervalley. Which will make the shopping centres easier targets and the cycle will be repeated. Now prove my logic wrong!

  • Soozy Matwete - 2015-02-09 16:31

    I bet they were not white robbers!

      Irfaan Hilberg - 2015-02-09 16:45

      A big thank u to "gun-free-south africa".... The robbers knw that they the only ones armed and the chances of people shooting back is zero! Look in europe where guns are not allowed in public crazy guy kills 20 people

      Mpho Gatja - 2015-02-09 16:58

      By default they should be black until proven otherwise. Its like saying all whites are racist farmers, oh! maybe they are.

  • deon.botha.146 - 2015-02-09 16:41

    Soozy you are 100% correct.

  • William Segal - 2015-02-09 16:44

    Death sentence!!! ...oh yes... forgot...that's not humane ...

      Lorraine Mamabolo-Edeh - 2015-02-09 16:53

      Yeah, it's better we lose the lives of innocent civilians and these criminals just go to prison where our awesome government continues to feed them through our taxes, SMH!

  • Shirley Deysel - 2015-02-09 16:56

    This is all thanks to the corrupt justice system..... And a idiot for president.....

  • Bento Maepa - 2015-02-09 16:59

    Many times in his public speeches, Zuma has blamed apartheid and whites - in particular - for all social ills taking place in the country. That has literally set the criminal world against law abiding citizens, in general, in search of the wealth that is said to be locked up within the middle and upper classes.

  • Tsek Lovelace - 2015-02-09 17:05

    Its time I vote for another party, but definitely not DA....mmmm mayb eff or nfp.

      David Sharpley - 2015-02-09 22:29

      Rather don't vote then.

      Therese Charmaine Barlow - 2015-02-09 23:23


  • Nicole Faria - 2015-02-09 17:09

    Tygervalley needs to increase their security, years ago they always used to have metal detectors as well as security at the entrances...and now nothing?

  • Njabulo Collen - 2015-02-09 17:13

    Crime is just everywhere its a globall fight

  • Katlego Kg - 2015-02-09 17:53

    if the government is not serious about combating crime,than the is going to be a revolution.

  • L Govender - 2015-02-09 18:28

    Lucky no one was hurt. Sad that we have to look over out shoulder all the time. But not so sad when I'm looking over mine with one in the chamber....come get some

  • Michael Southfrica - 2015-02-09 19:01

    It's becoming like the wild wild west over here.

  • Winston Jackson - 2015-02-10 08:15

    Citizens need to unite and sue the government and I'm not joking

  • David Smuts - 2015-02-10 15:37

    Hi Everybody I know this is going to sound stupid. But here goes anyway. What we need in shops, stores, banks, supermarkets, spars, spurs, resturants, is not only security. We need something a little bit extra to give us the upper hand. The only way we can fend or fight of these robbers or crimanals is not with guys or weapons, but with our minds. By that I mean we must get smartet than the robbers, criminals, crooks, we must NOT let the robbers put fear into us. We must stand up and use our minds against them. By that I also mean we should have qualified martial arts people in all form of bussiness. I mean if we had people like "Chuck Norris, Bruce Lee, Jackie Chang, Jason Statham" we would never have to be afraid ever again. Lets get Ninjas and Martial Arts People involved in our business to help chase away these robbers. Yes To Ninja's & Martial Arts In Our Business Dave Smuts

  • Mariska Brand - 2015-02-11 08:38

    How do they get through the booms? Do they first pay their parking tickets?? lol

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