Latest CT mall heist investigation underway

Five armed men are said to have targeted the Checkers at a Meadowridge shopping complex on Friday.

Waterstone Village Mall in Somerset West was also targeted by robbers . Picture: www.waterstonevillage.co.za

CAPE TOWN - An investigation is underway following the latest mall heist in Cape Town's southern suburbs.

Five armed men are said to have targeted the Checkers at a Meadowridge Shopping Centre on Friday.

The suspects made off with an undisclosed amount of money.

No injuries were reported and no arrests have yet been made.

The police's Thembinkosi Kinana says, "Five armed male suspects aged between 30 and 40 are alleged to have entered the store asked security for the safe and for staff to lie down on the floor. They then sped away in white Toyota vehicle."

This is the latest in a spate of mall robberies has terrorised shoppers and mall employees in recent months.

Two weeks ago a G4S security guard was shot and killed after yet another mall robbery, this time at the Waterstone Village Centre near Somerset West.

The hit took place while the security guards were collecting money and robbers made off with an undisclosed amount.

On 17 October this year the Bayside Mall in Table View became a target for armed robbers.

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Police in the province said they will continue to increase visibility and security at malls.

Police arrested six men who allegedly robbed a Vodacom shop at Centurion Mall last month and just a few hours later, arrested one suspect who was allegedly part of a gang targeting a Telkom store at the Irene Village Mall also in Centurion.

Since the beginning of the year malls in Soweto, Cresta, Northgate and Centurion were also targeted.