Luxury accessory store robbed at Durban’s Gateway mall

No injuries were reported following the armed robbery.

 Five suspects armed with guns and a hammer robbed the Montblanc Boutique jewellery store at Gateway mall in Durban on Sunday. Photo: Screengrab from video

Staff at a store at Gateway Theatre of Shopping were held up and robbed on Sunday morning.

According to reports, the suspects targeted the Mont Blanc Shop in the centre just after 9:00.

Emer-G Med paramedics spokesperson, Kyle van Reenen said it is unclear how many suspects were involved in the incident.

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“Reports from the scene allege that a number of suspects robbed a jewellery store at Gateway. No injuries were reported,” Van Reenen said.

According to reports, the suspects fled in a silver Mercedes-Benz that was spotted travelling south towards Amanzimtoti.

Gateway marketing manager, Michelle Shelley, confirmed the robbery had taken place.

“Gateway’s security and tactical team responded to the scene, while the control room followed camera footage. The perpetrators got into a vehicle near the circle and subsequently headed South. There were no shots fired as per information circulating on social media and nobody was injured,” Shelley said. “Gateway is working with both SAPS and private security professionals to ensure a safe shopping experience for customers. This remains the centres number one priority.”

Meanwhile, police have confirmed that five armed suspects stormed the boutique shop. SAPS provincial spokesperson, Thembeka Mbele said the suspects used a hammer to break the glass cases inside the store.

“Five suspects armed with firearms entered the shop and used a hammer. They stole jewellery (watches) and expensive bags. No shots were fired and no one shot or injured. They escaped near Truworths entry and climbed into a silver Mercedes with NP registration,” Mbele said.

She added the hammer broke and was left at the scene of the robbery.

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