Police 'make headway' in mall robbery investigations

Police say they’re making progress in probes related to mall robberies.

The Isis Jewellery store in Hout Bay is cordoned off by police tape following an armed robbery on 24 October, 2014. Picture: Siyabonga Sesant/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Western Cape police say they are making headway in its investigation into mall robberies.

Late last week, four armed suspects were arrested for the possession of illegal firearms.

It's believed they were about to hit a local cellular shop.

Their involvement in previous business robberies is also being investigated.

The police's Lieutenant Colonel Andre Traut says a number of initiatives are in place to deal with the spate of mall robberies ahead of the festive season.

"We have established a dedicated team of experts comprising of detectives, crime intelligence officials and tactical visible policing members to deal with robberies and related crimes."

He says the team is in pursuit of identified perpetrators, adding that all efforts are coordinated on a provincial and national level.

In the latest incident, a jewellery store at the Hout Bay Harbour was hit at the weekend.

According to witnesses the gang included three men dressed as police officers.

A car guard at the scene says he saw five men enter the store, three of whom were dressed in police uniforms.

He claims a shot went off shortly afterwards.

The car guard says the men then came running out of the store.

They gave him a R100 before speeding off in a white double cab bakkie.