Jewellery store owner shoots at robbers during Pretoria shopping mall heist

2017-12-21 16:12
An entrance at Grove Mall where shots went off during a robbery. ( Alex Mitchley, News24)

An entrance at Grove Mall where shots went off during a robbery. ( Alex Mitchley, News24)

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Pretoria – There were chaotic scenes at Grove Mall on Thursday morning when the owner of a jewellery store shot at a group of about five to seven suspects who robbed the store and got away with several valuable items.

"There is information that suggests the owner [of the store] did manage to shoot at the intruders and currently we suspect that one of the suspects was injured," police spokesperson Captain Daniel Mavimbela said.

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Several glass display cases in the jewellery shop were broken and shattered glass was strewn across the store, which spilled out of the entrance.

Mavimbela said an undisclosed amount of jewellery was taken.

Police added that all of the suspects managed to get away.

Terrified shoppers scattered around the mall when shots rang out.

Two witnesses said they heard between four to five gunshots.

The crime scene has been cordoned off and the police’s forensic unit combed the store for evidence.

The rest of the mall is still open and its business as usual for shoppers.

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