Western Cape police have identified a number of suspects behind the spate of robberies perpetrated at shopping malls and are in pursuit of these suspects.
However public assistance is sought for additional information so that their arrest can be expedited.
“In our endeavours to address the latest crime trend of robberies being perpetrated at business premises situated in shopping malls, the Western Cape police have arrested 20 suspects linked to cellular and jewellery store robberies since the beginning of April 2014,” said the Police in a statement.
On Friday four armed suspects were arrested in close proximity of a cellular store in possession of illegal firearms, and their involvement in previous armed robberies is currently under investigation.
The SAPS in the Western Cape have established a dedicated team of experts comprising detectives, crime intelligence officials and tactical visible police members to deal with Mall robberies and related crimes.
The team is in pursuit of identified perpetrators of theses robberies and all efforts are coordinated on both a provincial and national level.
Preliminary investigations suggest that the perpetrators behind these robberies are a group comprising mainly of African males who have previously had a brush with the law and have since migrated to executing high-value item robberies which are considered of less risk compared to cash in transit and ATM robberies.
Any person with information, or who can assist the Police with the whereabouts or identification of the suspects depicted in the photo is requested to contact Captain Charl Kinnear on 0828208015.
All information will be treated confidentially.