Cradlestone Mall Samsung store robbed

The robbers made off with cellphones and tablets worth hundreds of thousands of rand.

FILE: The robbers made off with cellphones and tablets worth hundreds of thousands of rand. Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The police are now searching for a gang who robbed a Samsung store at the Cradlestone Mall on the West Rand.

The robbers made off with cellphones and tablets worth hundreds of thousands of rand yesterday afternoon.

It's understood five gunmen entered the shop and threatened the staff with guns before locking them in a backroom.

The store manager says the robbery was well coordinated.

"About five guys came in and locked my staff members and customers in the back. They emptied our cabinet and they were gone. It happened so fast."

This is the latest tech store to be robbed in Gauteng.

Meanwhile, Gauteng police said they are following several leads in connection with robberies at five shopping centres across the province this week.

But no arrests have been made.

In the latest incident, the World Wear Shopping Centre on the West Rand was targeted on Thursday.

Police are searching for eight gunmen, who robbed the Timberland clothing store in Fairlands.

Gauteng malls have fallen victim to a spate of robberies in recent days.

On Monday, both Maponya and Northgate Malls were robbed while a Telkom Connect store was robbed at the Kolonnade Shopping Centre in Pretoria on Tuesday and another at the Eastgate Shopping Mall on Wednesday.