A case of business buglary is being investigated following a robbery at the Converse store in Braamfontein. 

Four men broke into the Converse store in Braamfontein, in the early hours of Friday, March 9, and made off with clothes and shoes.

“I was patrolling at 05:20,” said Platinum Risk Solutions security guard, Aubrey Rambau, who was on duty at the time of the robbery. “When I reached the corner, I saw two guys inside the store, one was in the car. I saw that the lock was broken,” he said.

Rambau  told Wits Vuvuzela that he called for backup, but upon seeing him, the two suspects took an unidentified bag towards the getaway car, a white Nissan Qashqai, where they unsuccessfully attempted to load the bag. The suspects then ran up De Korte Street towards Biccard Street.

“The driver had a gun and shot at me once. I hid behind an electricity box. I ran, fell down and ran into the building [next door- South Point VDS],” he said.

According to the South African Police Services Hillbrow spokesperson, Sergeant Mduduzi Zondo, four suspects entered the store at the corner of  Melle and De Korte streets, “took clothes and shoes and fled the scene with a getaway car, Nissan Qashqai”.

A woman who witnessed the robbery told Wits Vuvuzela that she was outside 38 Melle Street when she heard a gunshot at 05:25. She saw a suspect dressed in black, running out of the store, heading up De Korte Street.

A man who identified himself as the brand manager for the store refused to comment on the robbery, and instructed the staff not to talk to Wits Vuvuzela, either.

Zondo said a case of business burglary was being investigated and no arrests had been made yet.

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