‘Smash and grabbers’ rob jewellery store



July 20, 2016
‘Smash and grabbers’ rob jewellery store

Robbers reversed Hilux into Andaaz Jewellers in Rylands

Armed robbers crash bakkie in jewel store before making off with loot.

The owners of a jewellery store say they are lucky to be alive after armed robbers rammed their bakkie into their shop window.

The brazen skelms left the bakkie behind in the Rylands store and fled with stolen jewellery in another car.

The four men reversed their silver Toyota Hilux, into the front window and broke the glass displays with hammers.

Abdul Jabbar, 52, owner of Andaaz Jewellers, on the corners of Murton and Pine Road, says his partner and cousin Zahoor Khan, 48, was alone inside the shop just before noon.

“The bakkie came from Pine Road and the [getaway] car was in Murton Road,” says Abdul.

“After they broke through the window, they took what they could and left.

“They left the hammers in the shop. It happened in minutes.

By late yesterday, they were still counting the cost of the jewellery that was stolen.

Abdul says he was outside the shop when he heard gunshots.

“My cousin shot at them from inside and one of the suspects was injured,” he says.

“They drove off in a white [VW] Polo which police later found in College Road [Rylands].

“The jewellery hasn’t been found yet. We are normally very busy. It looks like they planned the hit because they came straight for the shop. My cousin is fine, his finger was cut by the glass but he very lucky to be fine,” says Abdul.

When police arrived, the bakkie was still stuck in the window.

About five bullet holes could clearly be seen in another window.

Police spokesperson Captain FC van Wyk says a case of business robbery is under investigation.

“At about 11am five unidentified suspects robbed a jewellery shop in Rylands.

“The suspects fled the scene with an undisclosed amount jewellery.

“No one has been arrested at this stage. They are still at large,” Van Wyk adds.

Anyone with any information about this incident is asked to contact Crime Stop on 08600 10111.

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