Shoppers and staff were forced to lie on the ground while robbers grabbed expensive perfumes during a brazen robbery of a Clicks store inside the Rosebank Mall in Johannesburg on Wednesday afternoon‚ police said.
SAPS Gauteng Provisional Communications Officer‚ Major Mac Mngomezulu‚ said that there were four robbers‚ one of whom was armed with a gun.
Mngomezulu said that the robbers forced the staff and customers to lie on the ground while they raided for it perfumes.
An estimated R50‚000 worth of perfumes was stolen from the store.
Susann Caminada‚ Clicks spokesperson‚ confirmed there was a robbery at its Rosebank store. “No staff or customers were injured. It is now a police investigation‚” she said.
Mngomezulu said that the robbers did not take anything else from the store.
Witnesses described the robbers as four men with a female accomplice‚ who made a lightning quick raid on the store.
“Four guys and one lady arrived just before 2pm carrying guns. They made away with two bags. Their getaway car with no number plates was parked downstairs. The car looked new‚” said an eyewitness who works at the recently revamped mall.
Another witness described the robbers: “One guy was wearing a red golf T-shirt and another a blue one. The girl was wearing a pink jacket. They drew the guns inside the store and came out holding them.”
The witness said the robbery was swiftly executed‚ not even lasting five minutes.
A witness from one of the shops near the Clicks store said: “I was on Facebook and when I looked up‚ they were already running. I was so shocked when I saw those guys. If they were shooting I was going to run for my life”.
“When the security went chasing after them‚ I went down too and I saw a white Audi with no registration. They drove very fast exiting the mall.
“It happened so fast — as if they had planned it long before‚” the witness said.
Police are on the scene‚ sweeping the area and questioning the Clicks personnel.