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Robbers make off with R1m worth of goods in iStore heist

The store’s management say all the devices stolen from its shops recently have been deactivated.

Police cordon off the scene of the iStore robbery at Centution Mall on 22 August 2014. Picture: Twitter via @kelstamza.

JOHANNESBURG - iStore national management says a number of suspects have arrested after today's robbery at the iStore in Centurion Mall.

But police cannot confirm this and say suspects managed to get away with about R1 million worth of phones, Macbooks and iPads.

It's understood a gang of eight heavily armed gunmen held up staff at the Apple store.

This follows robberies at iStores in the Cresta Shopping Centre and the Glen Shopping Centre last week.

Fidelity Security Services say some suspects got away in three vehicles, breaking the mall's boom gate and firing shots as they feld.

The store's management say all the devices stolen from its shops recently have been deactivated and locked.

No one was wounded despite the suspects opening fire in the Centurion Mall parking area.

Witnesses described frightening scenes of chaos during the brazen robbery.

Security has been stepped up at the mall and traumatised staff members have been sent home for the day.

Shop owners say they feel unsafe as this has become a recurring problem.

The Telkom store at the centre was also robbed twice last month.

Several businesses, including the FNB bank, have closed for the day.

Nine days ago, a shopper was shot and wounded when a gang of men stormed the iStore at Cresta Shopping Centre in Johannesburg. The robbers made off with bags full of iPhones and iPads.

Twenty-four hours later, the iStore at the Glen Shopping Centre in southern Johannesburg was also robbed.

A security guard was wounded in the leg when at least seven men robbed the shop, fleeing with electronics worth more than R1 million.

Last week, police said it was too early to confirm if the two heists were linked.