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WATCH: Attempted robbery at Browns Jewellers in Cradlestone Mall

02 August, 10:52 AM

Brian Smith, his wife and friends got a little more than they bargained for when they went for lunch at the Cradlestone Mall on Sunday July 30.

Smith says their food had just arrived at the table when they heard what sounded like shots being fired. He took out his phone and started filming. It was roughly 14:00 at the time.

“It was quite chaotic.”

“We weren’t one hundred percent sure what it was but it sounded like gunshots. Then all of a sudden another five or six shots were fired after that.”

“Everybody just fell on the ground and tried to go for cover.”

Patrons of the Greek restaurant are seen ducking under the tables in his video.

“A few people that were very shaken,” Smith said.

He saw the would be robbers climbing into their getaway car, a golden Audi, and waited until they left the parking lot, before leaving the restaurant.

“That’s when I realised the Browns Jewellers had been hit.” 

Smith says he saw up to ten bullet casings lying on the floor outside the jewellery store.

In his video smoke can be seen billowing from the store as well as a small group of men trying to help the employees exit the store.

A security guard was injured in the incident. 

ER24 spokesperson, Ineke van Huyssteen, said the guard was assessed and transported to a nearby hospital. Krugersdorp News reported that he was hit over the head with an unknown object by one of the seven suspects. 

Van Huyssteen also confirmed that some of the people in the mall were treated for shock by the paramedics and a pregnant woman was transported to a nearby hospital for further medical care.

Smith and his friends stayed to finish their lunch but said: “It just wasn’t the same anymore.”

Browns have asked that anyone with information regarding this attempted robbery contact them here

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