Cops spent night collecting evidence after Bedford mall robbery

A police forensic team spent hours overnight collecting evidence in the Bedford Centre shooting case.

“Forensics were at the centre the whole night collecting all the evidence,” Hawks spokesperson Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi said this morning.

Police had handed the investigation into the daytime robbery and shoot-out at the popular retail shopping centre in Bedfordview over to specialist unit the Hawks.

Three customers, two security guards and two robbers were injured and taken to hospital after the robbery and shooting on yesterday.

They were taken to different hospitals, and were all still recovering.

He dismissed a Beeld report that the mastermind of the shooting had been arrested.

“How do they know one is a mastermind? We are not aware of any mastermind,” he said.

“Only two suspects were arrested and are in hospital. We will obviously be interviewing them.”

He said a group of about 10 robbers had committed the crime.

“These are highly dangerous criminals that perpetrated a crime inside the mall where there is a lot of people. It shows they have no regard for human life.”

Mulaudzi also rubbished reports that tungsten ammunition, which can pierce bullet-proof vests, was used.

“We are not aware of those bullets and it is unknown how many rounds were fired inside the centre.”

Police were only aware of AK47s and pistols being used.

Mulaudzi said he was unsure if the centre had re-opened.

Witnesses calling into radio stations this morning spoke of the good work and the efficiency of the South African Police Service in the incident.

One witness told 94.7 Highveld Stereo that police responded to the crime scene faster than the centre’s management.

Mulaudzi said it took the police between 15 and 20 minutes to get there.

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