Johannesburg Police Arrest 2 Robbers Involved in Audacious Father’s Day Jewellery Heist After High-Speed Chase

Johannesburg Police Arrest 2 Robbers Involved in Audacious Father’s Day Jewellery Heist After High-Speed Chase

  • Police in Johannesburg have arrested two men involved in a jewellery heist at East Rand Mall on Father's Day
  • The men were apprehended after a high-speed chase that ended in the north Johannesburg township, Alexandra
  • The police have launched a manhunt to find the six other robbers who took part in the heist

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JOHANNESBURG - A high-speed chase on the streets of Johannesburg after a brazen jewellery store heist ended in cuffs for two thieves.

Two jewellery thieves were arrested after a heist at East Rand Mall
The police in Johannesburg have arrested two out of eight criminals involved in a jewellery heist at East Rand Mall. Image: Harald Freudenmacher & Jub Rubjob
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The incident happened on Father's Day, 18 June, when eight men stormed the store at East Rand Mall and held the employees at gunpoint. The robbers stole an unspecified amount of jewellery before fleeing the heist scene.

On the way out of the mall, the robbers fired shots randomly and jumped into getaway cars as police gave chase.

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One of the getaway cars was eventually cornered over 24 km away from the mall in Alexandra, and one thief was arrested, IOL reported.

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Father's Day jewellery heist culprit leads police to accomplice in Alexandra

National Police Spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Mavela Masondo said the man cooperated with the police and led them to two houses in Alexandra.

This is where the second thief was arrested, and three other getaway cars were found. One of the getaway cars was hijacked in Limpopo earlier this year.

While the two robbers are in custody, the police are on the lookout for the remaining six suspects and have launched a search to bring them into custody, TimesLIVE reported

South Africans applaud SAPS for arresting Father's Day jewellery heist culprits

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Below are some comments:

Tony Govender praised:

"Well done, officers. Keep up the good work, and get rid of these ruthless rotten eggs for good."

Lawrence Wardle complained:

"These mall robberies getting more daring and dangerous."

Lemmy Alfred said:

"These people are wanted at Limpopo, this must be investigated big time."

Anthony Maduray suggested:

"These parasites need to be given to the crocodiles."

@MsKabzela congratulated:

"These violent crimes are costly. Well done to SAPS for the quick reaction & apprehension of the two suspects."

5 robbers who stole R3m in jewellery from Polokwane mall in elaborate heist traced and arrested in KZN

In another story, Briefly News reported the elaborate heist that resulted in the theft of R 3 million in jewellery in Polokwane has ended in handcuffs for the alleged robbers.

Police have arrested five men in connection to the Debbi Mounton's jewellery store robbery, which happened on 12 May, after tracking the men to Mooi River in KwaZulu-Natal.

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On the day of the robbery, the men entered the store located in Savannah Mall, Polokwane. They held the employees at gunpoint before rounding up the jewellery and fleeing the scene with the stolen goods, Polokwane Observer reported.

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Lerato Mutsila (Current affairs editor) Lerato Mutsila is a journalist with 3 years of experience. She obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from Pearson Institute of Higher Education in 2020, majoring in broadcast journalism, political science and communication. Lerato joined the Briefly News current affairs desk in August 2022. Mutsila is also a fellow of the 2021/2022 Young African Journalists Acceleration programme, which trained African journalists in climate journalism. You can contact Lerato at lerato.mutsila@breifly.co.za

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