Two arrested for Centurion jewellery store robbery, shooting

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  • Two people have been arrested for a shooting at a Centurion jewellery store.
  • The store was robbed by armed men on Monday morning.
  • The owner of the store was shot dead.

Two people have been arrested in connection with the murder of a jewellery store owner in Gauteng.

Police said they were still searching for four more suspects.

The man was shot dead during an armed robbery at the jewellery store in Centurion Mall. The robbery took place on Monday at about 11:00. Following the incident, Gauteng police launched a manhunt for the group of men.

On Monday night, police arrested two people in Hillbrow, Johannesburg. They were found in possession of the vehicle allegedly used to flee the scene, said police spokesperson Colonel Dimakatso Sello.

According to police, as the robbers were leaving the mall with the loot, the 55-year-old owner returned to the store. Sello said someone inside the shop shouted at the owner not to enter the store as a robbery was taking place.

READ | Jewellery store owner shot dead during robbery at Centurion Mall

"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," Sello said.

The robbers fled with an undisclosed amount of jewellery.

The two people arrested are aged 23 and 24 and will face charges of business robbery and murder. They are expected to appear in court soon, said Sello.

"Preliminary investigations revealed that one of the arrested suspects is wanted for different case of robbery. Police are still on the lookout for four more suspects," he said.

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