Goods valued at R1,5m stolen during Hyde Park armed robbery

The Vodacom store at the shopping centre was targeted by four armed men this afternoon.

Hyde Park Corner shopping centre in Johannesburg. Picture: Aurelie Kalenga/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Police are searching for clues following an armed robbery at a cellphone shop at the Hyde Park Corner shopping centre in Johannesburg this afternoon.

Employees and customers have been left traumatised after the Vodacom store was targeted by at least four armed men.

Eyewitnesses described frightening scenes as at least two shots were fired.

Talk Radio 702's Jenny Crwys-Williams said she was having lunch when she heard the gunshots.

"We'd just ordered our food, I'd put one mouthful of feta cheese in my mouth and, lo and behold, we heard what we thought were gunshots and then we heard screams, followed by more gunshots and I didn't wait a second longer than that. We saw people rushing out of the Vodacom shop."

She said the security guards on duty were quick to respond but the robbers managed to escape with stolen goods.

Another eyewitness described the moment she saw the robbers make their way through the store.

"We heard the screaming coming from the Clicks side of the mall and we literally saw people running towards us and screaming 'robbery' and shouting for their lives."

Police say goods worth an estimated R 1,5 mil were stolen during an armed robbery at the Vodacom store in the #HydePark shopping centre . AK

#Hyde Park Police looking for at least four gunmen after a robbery at a cellphone shop RW

#HydePark Witness said she saw a man walking through the mall casually carrying a large gun.

Meanwhile, waiters from the nearby restaurant are being questioned after they apparently ran after the gunmen.

Customers said they heard gunshots and fled into nearby stores.

At the Waltons store, emergency personnel were attending to the store manager who suffered an anxiety attack.

The MTN store across the scene, as well as other nearby stores, are closed.