Armed robbery at Cresta Mall in Johannesburg

Johannesburg - An elderly man was shot and wounded when three armed men robbed a store at the Cresta shopping mall in Johannesburg on Wednesday, Gauteng police said.

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Captain Tsekiso Mofokeng was unable to confirm the extent of his injuries but said the man had been hospitalised.

ER24 spokesperson Werner Vermaak said earlier on Wednesday that the man was shot through the arm.

"They couldn't find any other injured at the scene but people were in shock," Vermaak said.

Shooting randomly

The three men entered an electronics store and ordered the employees to lie down. They took an undisclosed number of cellphones and iPads and fled the scene.

"The men then started shooting randomly in the parking lot of the mall, where the elderly man was injured," said Mofokeng.

Mofokeng was also unable to confirm reports that the robbery happened at the mall's iStore.

Business as usual

Afterwards, it was business as usual at the mall, as shoppers continued with their day, some enjoying a meal at a restaurant near where it appeared the robbers dropped off their loot.

Security and police had Entrance 4 cordoned off with a blue bag lying on the ground. An Apple product could be seen next to the bag. Curious onlookers kept asking security officials questions about the robbery.

iStore employees were still in the store giving statements to police.

A note on the door read: "Due to unforeseen circumstances, iStore will be closed until further notice."

Like a scene from a movie

One employee from a nearby shop, who asked not to be named, said the robbery resembled a scene from a movie.

"I just saw a commotion and went outside. I ran out and was met by a guy with a gun," said the employee.

Realising that there was danger, the employee ran back to the store.

"People closed shops and ducked for cover."

The employee said the armed gang left the iStore with three large bags filled with electronics.

"When the suspects left, we heard gun shots and people ducked to the floor."

Centre management said they would issue a statement on the incident.

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Hemlock 2014-08-13 12:58:52 PM
Sickening......absolutely bloody sickening!!!
Ria Cook 2014-08-13 01:00:46 PM
How do the robbers escape? I was at Cresta yesterday, and it is almost impossible to get out of the parking area. There seems to be one exit for every 500 cars. I know they limit the exits to make it more difficult for thieves to escape, but I was wondering how people will get out in an emergency/evauation.
Japie JJ du Toit 2014-08-13 01:02:24 PM
The new high level of job creation in SA. No work - easy money. It is sad that people had to get hurt in such an incident, and the idiots whom conduct this act of violence are never remorse about it - all they want is the soft targets - shop owners and business. It is about time that cash disappear from all level of retail and society. Then there is no reason for these cowardly attacks on society
Wehr Wulf 2014-08-13 01:09:42 PM
Not the first time.
Samantha Brink 2014-08-13 01:16:57 PM
My brother was just there. More people got shot. They started shooting IN the mall (my brother was at KFC, the guy next to him was shot). They didn't leave the store with all the stash, my brother took a photo of the dropped stash!
criticallyhonest 2014-08-13 01:20:24 PM
Time for change.... Centres should encourage outlets to become displays only and not carry stock, all diplayed items can be rigged to reduce their value and they can be electronically tagged, even GPS. All stock to be kept at a depot and delivered directly to the purchaser at home or office. Make the centres safer and encourage customer hospitality in the outlets.
FUZZY 2014-08-13 01:29:20 PM
Ag please the people were in shock.This happens everyday in our lifes nothing new
Chris Kleinhaus 2014-08-13 01:31:28 PM
I am at cresta and people are going about their day as normal. South Africans have become so numb to violent crime.... very sad.
Nhlapo Phoka Ngoana Mosotho 2014-08-13 01:38:00 PM
Bloody Idiots, the mall is still under construction and they come to destroy our beautiful mall.
SunshinyDay 2014-08-13 01:43:25 PM
Oh goodness and I was there at about 09:00.