Cops launch hunt for 4 men who robbed East London jewellery store of R500k worth of goods

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  • Four armed men stormed an East London jewellery store and made off with goods worth more than R500 000.
  • Workers will be given trauma counselling. 
  • The store lost a day of trading due to the attack.   

Eastern Cape police have launched a manhunt for four heavily armed men, who stormed a popular jewellery store in East London and made off with goods worth more than R500 000 on Thursday.

Charles van der Venter, owner of Charl's Jewellers in East London's Berea, said staff who witnessed the traumatic ordeal will undergo trauma counselling.

During the five-minute operation, workers at the shop were terrorised by the gunmen. 

According to police, the attack at the Chamberlain Road store happened at 11.30.  

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A police source said more than R500 000 worth of jewellery was stolen. 

Eastern Cape police spokesperson Captain Nkosikho Mzuku said: "Four armed suspects allegedly entered the store, held staff at gunpoint and made off with a large quantity of jewellery. The circumstances surrounding the incident are not clear at this stage."

He said police are investigating a case of business robbery. The suspects remain at large.

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Van der Venter said he gave CCTV footage of the incident to the police and he hoped the robbers would be identified.

"There was good response from the police. They are busy with their own investigation, so we will see what happens. There is a lot of business to cover for the police and I think they are doing what they can," said Van der Venter.

The store lost a day of trading due to the incident, but was operating by Friday.

Mzuku said detectives were following all possible leads, which could assist in cracking the case.

Anyone with information is requested to contact the investigating officer, Warrant Officer Vuyisile Yekani, of Cambridge police station at 043 709 7500 or 082 441 8842.

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