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Police hunt for more Greenacres Mall robbery suspects

Mar 6, 2015
Police hunt for more Greenacres Mall robbery suspects

Police are still looking for four more suspects who were part of a gang that was involved in an armed robbery at Greenacres Shopping Centre on Thursday morning.

Seven suspects reportedly approached Fishers Jewellery Store in the Greenacres Shopping Centre posing as part of a team of workers doing renovations to an adjacent store. Some of them attempted to crash the windows of the jewellery store with heavy duty hammers whilst others went inside and held-up employees at gunpoint.

“An alert police officer on duty at the centre heard the commotion and immediately responded. As he approached the scene the suspects started firing shots at him,” police said in a statement.

The SAPS member returned fire and was hit by a bullet in the lower left leg. He however managed to continue firing and one of the suspects was shot in the leg.

He is currently under police guard in a local hospital.

The other suspects fled in a silver Toyota Venture which was later recovered along Mangold Street, Newton Park.

Police also recovered a bag with jewellery and a 9mm firearm from the scene in the shopping centre.

Two more suspects were at around 3pm in relation to the armed robbery - when the suspects returned to the shopping centre in a blue Volkswagen Polo.

This brings the total number of arrests to three.

Police are still searching for four more suspects.

Any person with information must please contact the investigating officer, Colonel Nondu - 082 303 0504 the Police Crime Stop Number 08600 10111 or Crime Line’s 32211.