On Sunday 3 October around 11:20 at the Francois Jewellers store in the Grove Mall, staff were held at gunpoint while suspects looted a jewellery store in the east of Pretoria, fleeing with gems worth up to R1m.

The Grove mall spokesperson Christopher Hutchings confirmed the incident, saying although the suspects were armed, no shots were fired.. “We would like to thank the Tshwane metro police department, SAPS and all security companies for their prompt response.”

“A case of armed robbery was opened. It is reported that five suspects all armed with pistols wearing balaclavas got into the store, held the staff at gunpoint and took all kinds of jewellery such as diamonds, rings, watches and necklaces at the local shop,” Silverton police spokesperson Warrant Officer Isaac Mculu said As reported by Rekord Mculu said the police were investigating a case of armed business involving seven suspects.

He said the value of the jewels taken was estimated to be up to R1-million. Mculu said there were no injuries or fatalities from the incident. “The [mall] management attends to all and any incident with utmost priority as the safety and security of our shoppers and tenants is of paramount importance to us.”

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