Police profiling 2 men accused of robbing Centurion jewellery store, killing owner

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The case against two men accused of robbing a jewellery store and murdering the owner has been postponed as the police are still profiling the pair to see if they have previous convictions or pending cases.
The case against two men accused of robbing a jewellery store and murdering the owner has been postponed as the police are still profiling the pair to see if they have previous convictions or pending cases.
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  • Two of the men accused of robbing a jewellery store and murdering the owner have appeared in court.
  • The case was postponed as the police are still profiling the two accused.
  • Four other suspects remain on the loose. 

The case against two men accused of robbing a jewellery store and murdering the owner has been postponed as the police are still profiling the pair to see if they have previous convictions or pending cases. 

Mxolisis Mkhize, 27, and Kumalo Nxumalo, 26, appeared in the Pretoria Magistrate's Court on Wednesday following their arrest the day before. 

The pair has been charged with the murder of the owner of Kays Family Jewellers in Centurion Mall, Mark Kopelowitz, 55, and robbery with aggravating circumstances. 

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

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

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

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

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

During the arrest, they found the vehicle allegedly used to flee the scene, police spokesperson Colonel Dimakatso Sello said. 

Mark Kopelowitz
Mark Kopelowitz was killed outside is jewellery store. (Facebook,)

The suspects are accused of robbing the jewellery store on Monday at about 11:00.

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."

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