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Robbers strike again at city mall


In the second such incident in just over a week, robbers this time raid the perfume aisle at Clicks

CORDONED OFF: This aisle was closed yesterday after robbers made off with expensive perfume.

ANOTHER chain store at the North Cape Mall has been burgled, the second such incident in just over a week after a cellphone store was raided by armed robbers last week.

Clicks at the North Cape Mall was burgled early yesterday morning, with the thieves escaping with expensive bottles of perfumes.

According to the manager of the store, they received a call regarding the incident at around 5.45am.

“I rushed to the store and found the security company on site. The police also arrived at about the same time as I did. The door at the side entrance was broken and the perfume cabinets were smashed. Several perfumes were missing. So far it appears that mostly perfumes were stolen,” said the manager.

She added that they were unsure about what had been used to break open the door to the store or how many people were involved in the incident.

According to the manager the store continued to operate as usual yesterday although the cosmetics aisle was cordoned off to allow the police to conclude their investigations.

Yesterday’s burglary at Clicks was the second at the store this year, the first occurring in May.

In May’s incident, the suspects also stole expensive perfume.

Last week, four men armed with firearms entered the MTN cellphone store in the North Cape Mall just before closing time.

They held the staff at gunpoint and robbed the store of a large number of high-value cellphones and hardware.

The suspects fled the scene in a getaway vehicle.

Staff members at the store were not injured in the incident.

It is believed that besides the two incidents at Clicks and the one at MTN, another outlet was also robbed shortly after the first incident at Clicks earlier this year.

The police could not be contacted for comment yesterday afternoon.

Head of retail at the North Cape Mall, Brett Exner, yesterday confirmed the break-in at Clicks.

“We are still investigating the incident, which is the second incident of a break-in through the Clicks shop front this year.

“The cosmetics section of the Clicks store was targeted,” said Exner.

He added that the mall was fully covered by a comprehensive CCTV system.

“Footage of the incident is on record and is being investigated by our mall security and the SAPS.”