Cops nab two more suspects for murder of Centurion Mall jewellery store owner

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More arrests have been made in a murder and robbery case.
More arrests have been made in a murder and robbery case.
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  • Police have arrested two more suspects linked to the murder of a jewellery store owner at Centurion Mall.
  • The latest arrests bring the number of those arrested to four.
  • Police said they were searching for two more suspects.

Police have arrested two more suspects linked to a jewellery store robbery in Centurion Mall on Monday where the owner was also shot dead.

Police said the suspects were arrested in the Aeroton area, Johannesburg on Wednesday.

"The arrests was as a result of intelligence information that was operationalised," police spokesperson Colonel Dimakatso Sello said. 

Sello added that the suspects, aged 36 and 42-years-old were found in possession of two firearms and a vehicle believed to have been used in the commission of the crime.

The latest arrests bring the number of those apprehended to four.

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On Tuesday, Mxolisis Mkhize, 27, and Kumalo Nxumalo, 26, were arrested in Johannesburg and appeared in the Pretoria Magistrate's Court the following day.

News24 reported that the two men were charged with the murder of the owner of Kays Family Jewellers in Centurion Mall, Mark Kopelowitz, 55, as well as robbery with aggravating circumstances. 

The case was postponed to 20 October for the two accused to be profiled, which would include checking for possible pending cases, previous convictions and confirmation of home addresses.

The police previously said one of the accused was wanted for a different robbery case.

Custody

According to the charge sheet, the two men, who are South African nationals, would remain in custody until their next appearance. 

News24 earlier reported that while Mkhize and Nxumalo had been arrested, police were still searching for four more suspects.

Following the arrests on Wednesday, two suspects were still on the run. The suspects are accused of robbing the jewellery store on Monday at about 11:00.

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As they were leaving the store, Kopelowitz, who was returning to the store at the time, confronted the men. Sello said someone inside the shop shouted at the owner not to enter the store as a robbery was taking place.

"He turned back and fled. However, as he looked back, he saw the robbers exiting his store with a trolley filled with jewellery and went after them.

"The owner, who was unarmed, was shot twice in the upper body by the suspects before they fled the mall. He was declared dead on the scene," said Sello.

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