Suspect in Canal Walk iStore robbery arrested

At least five more suspects are still at large.

Six armed suspects stormed the iStore in Canal Walk on Wednesday night. Picture: Twitter.

CAPE TOWN - A suspect has been arrested in connection with an armed robbery at the iStore at Canal Walk shopping centre.

The 33-year-old was tracked down in Strand yesterday.

Gunmen stormed the iStore on Wednesday night.

A 36-year-old security guard from the mall's response team was shot in the leg while trying to apprehend the fleeing suspects.

The robbery took place on Wednesday evening.

A customer was also assaulted and had to receive stitches after being hit across the back of his head.

At least five more suspects are still at large.

This is just one of several incidents in recent weeks in which criminals have targeted shopping malls in Cape Town, with mainly electronic stores being hit.

Shopping centres say they will now bolster security ahead of the festive season.

Tyger Valley shopping centre has been robbed three times this year,

The centre's Lariet Blom says robbers are mostly after high-end digital products.

At the same time, a man was robbed in a parking lot at the V&A Waterfront last week.

Spokesperson Carla White says security has since been increased.

"We invest heavily in security. Security isn't just the men on the ground that you see, security is also your camera network and your nerve centre. They are what we call a force multiplier."

Armed robbers have also targeted the Parow, Somerset, Blue Route and Zevenwacht shopping malls in recent weeks.

At the same time, several Gauteng shopping centres have been hit by robbers in recent months including three iStores at Cresta, the Glen and Centurion shopping centres with iPads and iPhones worth hundreds of thousands of rands being taken.