Shootout at Waterfall Mall
Rustenburg – A 53-year old local businessman, on his way to deposit cash at one of the banks located in the Waterfall Mall, was robbed at gunpoint in the parking area.
He was robbed off a substantial amount of cash.
The incident occurred on Monday afternoon, at about 15h00, 27 February 2017, when he neared one of the entrances to the mall. He was overpowered by four men – all pointing their pistols at him. They forcefully grabbed the cash from the businessmen before speeding away in one of the latest Mercedes Benz C-class model vehicles (silver).
“Just as the culprits took off, an armed bystander rushed to assist and in the process three vehicles were damaged,” Sergeant Ofentse Mokgadi, police spokesperson, said.
According to Jessica Varty, Waterfall Mall’s marketing manager, “The suspects fired two shots in the air, grabbed the bag of cash and got into their getaway vehicle. Within seconds, an unidentified individual got out of his bakkie and fired several shots at the speeding car. He hit the suspects’ vehicle, as well as other vehicles in the parking area. This individual then also sped away from the scene. We are fortunate that no one was injured during the shooting.”
The Rustenburg Police appeal to the unknown bystander/eyewitness who shot at the suspects, to contact them as soon as possible. The Police also ask that the owners of the damaged vehicles make contact with them.
Anyone with additional information should please contact the Rustenburg Detectives Head, Lieutenant Colonel Tlholoe on 082-772 7516 or Detective W/O Khumalo on 082-773 0590 or 014-590 4258.
“The Police appeal to the community, especially businessmen and women, to be cautious when carrying large amounts of cash,” Sgt Mokgadi added.
“We would like to inform patrons that Waterfall Mall’s safety procedure was followed by the Fidelity and car guards to the letter. Our Operations Manager was informed directly, as well as the Police who very swiftly responded. The Rustenburg Police’s investigation continues,” Varty said.
“We would like to encourage people to be vigilant when transporting cash to the bank and ensure they are not being followed from their offices or homes. We also urge the public to be safe and not expose themselves to potentially dangerous situations like this. The safety of our tenants and shoppers is our top priority and we have the necessary security processes and procedures in place at Waterfall Mall,” Varty added.
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