Four armed men stormed into a jewellery shop in Woodburn Square, Pietermaritzburg, scattering customers before making their getaway with a bag of loot on Thursday morning.
According to KwaZulu-Natal police spokesperson Captain Nqobile Gwala three staff members were accosted by four armed men at about 9 am.
“At gunpoint, the suspects broke the window, took an undisclosed amount of jewellery and fled the scene.
“No shots were fired and no injuries have been reported. A case of robbery was opened at Alexandra Road police station for investigation,” she said.
An eyewitness told The Witness that the robbers had monitored the situation for some time before they stormed into the shop.
“These people came in just like ordinary customers. Their faces were not covered with anything except that they were wearing masks.
“The whole thing did not create drama since this is a quiet mall and many customers did not even notice what was happening.
“They broke in, took a lot of jewellery and went out. It happened within minutes and they were out of here,” she said.
As seen on video footage, four men wearing masks came into the shopping centre as normal customers.
Two men came in first and the other two followed coming from a different direction of the shopping centre.
One man jumped inside the shop while the other three waited outside for the gate to be opened from the inside.
They all entered the shop and started packing jewellery in a big black and grey bag.
The three grabbed the jewellery while one stood next to the door checking if anyone was coming.
He then also went to grab some jewellery and someone else came out carrying a gun, which he started pointing at mall shoppers who were passing by the shop.
The customers are seen running to hide behind trolleys parked in the middle of the centre.
Before the robbers headed out of the shop, a man believed to be the shop owner tried to stop them and grab the big bag from them while they were trying get out of the door, but they pointed guns at him and he left the bag.
They escaped, dragging their huge bag of loot, towards the undercover parking.
After the incident, customers who were inside the centre were seen running out and some of the shops decided to close early.