A gang of robbers walked out of the Baywest Shopping Centre pushing trolleys loaded with about R60 000 worth of branded clothing and shoes yesterday.
The robbery happened shortly before Side Step – an apparel shop – opened at 9am,
According to police, four store employees were inside when a man, posing as a customer, entered the shop.
Police spokeswoman Captain Sandra Janse van Rensburg said the man had gone into the shop despite store employees telling him it was closed.
“The man then produced a firearm and threatened the four store employees. He ushered them all to the back of the shop at gunpoint. By that stage, he was joined by another three suspects,” she said.
Janse van Rensburg said the men then bound the hands of three of the employees before locking them inside the back office.
“One of the store employees was then held at gunpoint and forced to point out where the expensive branded clothing was kept as well as the money.
“Before fleeing, they locked the employee in the office with the others,” she said.
Items stolen included jeans, takkies and tracksuits.
“They also stole money and the employee’s cellphones,” she said.
Janse van Rensburg said the store employees were freed when security guards heard them screaming.
Officials on the scene confirmed that the estimated value of the stolen items was thought to be more than R60 000.
Baywest Mall general manager Troy Zunckel said the mall security team alerted police shortly after hearing the calls for help.
“No shoppers were in the store at the time,” Zunckel said.
“The robbers fled the scene in a black Volkswagen Golf.
“Our security team is working closely with the police and has handed over the relevant CCTV footage to investigators.
“Due to the ongoing police investigation, we are unable to provide further details.”