Hawks hunt six robbers after brazen supermarket heist



May 3, 2016
Hawks hunt six robbers after brazen supermarket heist

Pick n Pay in Liberty Promenade Mall was robbed by gun-wielding thugs on Sunday. CREDIT: Leon Knipe

Special police unit, the Hawks, are hunting for six armed robbers who were smartly dressed as they carried out a daring heist inside a supermarket.

The drama unfolded just after 11am on Sunday while thousands visited the Liberty Promenade Mall, Beacon Valley, Mitchells Plain to collect their SASSA (South African Social Security Agency grants).

Police confirm the robbers came prepared, travelling in three vehicles, and struck as cash in transit guards were making their delivery.

Once the robbers entered the Pick n Pay store, cops say the men pretended to be customers before approaching two security guards.

Three of the armed robbers then held up the guards at gunpoint and grabbed cash boxes.

Before fleeing the scene in their cars, the robbers disarmed the cash in transit security guards.

Moments later two men dressed in security klere were arrested by members of the Metro Police in Hengelaar Street, Beacon Valley.

Yesterday police refused to comment on whether the arrests were linked to the heist and would not provide a description of the robbers.

They claim no shots were fired in the incident.

The Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (Hawks) say no arrests have been made following the mall attack.

Lieutenant Lloyd Ramovha says: “We are investigating a cash in transit heist which took place at a Mitchells Plain mall yesterday morning.

“It appears approximately six armed suspects using about three vehicles, two of which are believed to be a white Toyota Verso with registration 222129 [no letters] and a grey VW Golf GTI 6 with registration CY43390 accosted and pointed the guards with firearms, disarming them in the process before they fled the scene with an undisclosed amount of money,” says Ramovha.

Cops have appealed to mense to come forward with information or to call 0860 10 111.

Eastridge mom, Nadia Alexander, 24, had been in the mall with her seven-year-old son celebrating his birthday when she heard what sounded like a gunshot.

She says: “It was awful, my son was panicking while we were in Capitec bank which is near the Pick n Pay.

“The first shot went off and everyone started running to the doors which were shut.

“My mother got separated from me and was pushed into another shop, people were trying to flee Pick n Pay as the shot could be heard,” says a shaken Nadia.

Pick n Pay store owner, Mogamad Qasim told weekend newspapers he was instructed by mall security to lock the doors when people began running.

Western Cape Pick n Pay general manager Jarett van Vuuren also confirmed that a robbery occurred.

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