Rise in mall hits is worrying - Police

A Gauteng police chief said quick responses to mall hits shows police are serious about fighting crime.

The basement where robbers parked their before robbing a jewellery store in Randridge Mall on 16 June 2012. Picture: Theo Nkonki/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The Deputy Police Commissioner in Gauteng, Major-General Phumzo Gela, on Saturday said the quick response to a jewellery shop robbery by his officers shows that police are serious about combating crime.

In just two weeks, two Johannesburg jewellery stores have been held at gunpoint and Gela said that concerns him.

He said there has been an increase in the amount of jewellery stores in the province.

On Saturday, three people and a toddler were wounded when robbers opened fire at Randridge Mall.

The robbers held up a NWJ jewellery store at the mall.

A high-speed car chase ensued when police located their Isuzu getaway bakkie.

During the chase, the driver of the bakkie lost control of the vehicle and crashed it.

Four suspects were arrested while the others managed to get away.

While the police's manhunt for the four outstanding robbers in Saturday's hit continues, they are checking whether the suspects arrested have been involved in any other crimes.

Some jewellery and several firearms were recovered, police spokesperson Lungelo Dlamini said.

In a simillar incident earlier in June, a store was hit in Lenasia, south of Johannesburg.

Robbers fled with an undisclosed amount of money and no arrests have yet been made.