WATCH | R200 000 reward for stolen diamonds and gold jewellery worth R2m

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  • A jewellery store in KwaZulu-Natal was robbed last month. 
  • The owner is offering R200 000 for the recovery of R2m worth of diamonds and gold jewellery which were stolen.
  • A police investigation is under way but no arrests have been made. 

Natal Diamonds owner Norman Parnell is offering R200 000 for the recovery of R2m worth of diamonds and gold jewellery, which were allegedly stolen at New Salt Rock Shopping Centre in KwaZulu-Natal last month.

Parnell told News24 that one of a group of seven men walked into the store and pretended to be a customer. He later called his accomplices.

"There were five [men] that came into the store. The other two were in the getaway car parked in [the] bay for people with disabilities. Security was watching them the whole time. They were so useless at [that] moment," Parnell said. 

He said he recognised one of the assailants because he had visited the shop on two previous occasions. 

"I guess [he was visiting the shop] to suss things out because they knew where everything was," he added.

READ | Manhunt under way as diamond worth $1.8m stolen in Japan

CCTV footage of the incident showed one of the armed men forcing Parnell and his assistant into a back office. 

Cable ties were then used to restrain Parnell and his assistant was shoved into a small corner near to the safe.

"It took them about 10 minutes to take everything they wanted," he said. 

Once the men fled, Parnell was able to free himself and press the panic button. 

KZN police spokesperson Captain Vinny Pillay told News24 that he could not comment on the incident because an investigation was under way.

"Because of the serious nature of the case, the police are not in a position to comment at the moment. There is an ongoing investigation. It is unclear how many suspects were involved and they remain at large," Pillay said. 

Despite the major blow to his business, Parnell opened his doors for customers the next day.


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