Cops probe possible link in CT mall attacks

Police are investigating whether the men arrested in the latest attack are linked to other robberies.

FILE. Police are investigating whether the men arrested in the latest mall attack are linked to other armed robberies. Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Western Cape police are investigating whether a group of men, arrested at a shopping mall in Pinelands, could be linked to the recent increase in armed robberies at other shopping centres across the city.

Five suspects were apprehended at Howard Centre at the weekend.

There have been at least 20 robberies at shopping malls in Cape Town and Somerset West in the past two months.

The police's Frederick van Wyk says security at Howard Centre alerted authorities after noticing a group of suspicious looking men walking through the mall.

"After getting in the vehicle, they drove off and circled in the vicinity of the centre. The Toyota was then pulled over. Upon searching the vehicle police members recovered two unlicensed 9mm firearms with loaded magazines."

The men, from Khayelitsha and Philippi, are due to appear in the Goodwood Magistrates Court today on charges of attempted robbery.

The suspects are between 18 and 26-years-old.