Cape Town – Police in Mpumalanga have launched a manhunt for armed men who raided a mall near Bushbuckridge in the early hours of Tuesday.
The incident happened at Dwarsloop mall around 01:30, police said.
According to Mpumalanga police spokesperson Brigadier Selvy Mohlala, about 30 suspects carrying handguns and rifles stormed into the mall and broke into several shops.
He said suspects used explosives to gain access to cash inside several safes from various shops in the mall.
“They reportedly took undisclosed amounts of cash from the respective safes as well as from machine slots after using explosives. The suspects proceeded to the Spitz store, where they stole some shoes,” said Mohlala in a statement.
#sapsMP Bushbuckridge #SAPS launched a manhunt for suspects following a business robbery @ Dwarsloop Mall near Bushbuckridge in the early hours of today at around 01:30 am. The armed suspects fled with cash & various stolen items #TrioCrimes #CrimeStop MEhttps://t.co/OzbmEnXRuZ pic.twitter.com/KY5sRGZTF8
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They apparently pounced on two more stores and liquor shops where they reportedly stole a large quantity of liquor, said Mohlaa.
“While staging this robbery, it is believed that they fired some shots, hence a number of empty cartridges for rifles and pistols were found scattered around.
“Thereafter the suspects fled with the stolen items. The value of the items is yet to be determined,” he said.
Lieutenant General Semakaleng Daphney authorised a 72-hour Activation Plan and a team of investigators to probing the incident.
Anyone with information that may assist in apprehending the perpetrators can contact Detective Lieutenant Colonel Christopher Mashego at 082 469 1298 or call the Crime Stop number at 08600 10111.
Alternatively, members of the public can send information via MySAPS App, the police said.
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Compiled by Olwethu Mpeshe