MEDIA STATEMENT: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
15 MARCH 2010
[15 March 2010. Fourways, Johannesburg] At approximately 04h00 on Sunday, March 14, an armed robbery took place at Cedar Square.
Fifteen armed suspects in four vehicles entered the premises and held the centre's security guards at gunpoint and proceeded to target two stores, namely Dion Wired, an electronics stores, and Mankind, a clothing boutique.
The security controller immediately alerted Cedar Square's private armed response team, Fidelity Security, and the South African Police Services (SAPS).
The Fidelity private armed response vehicle arrived within five minutes and gave chase of the suspects, shooting at one of the vehicles resulting in the vehicle crashing. A suspect had been shot and is in a critical condition at a nearby hospital. Due to the rapid response of the centre's security team two other suspects from the vehicle were apprehended and the merchandise from this vehicle was recovered.
The centre was closed at the time of the robbery and there were no patrons on site.
SAPS arrived shortly after being notified and is currently investigating the incident.
For more information please contact Director Naidoo from the SAPS on 082 341 0575.
Issued by: Karyn Theron, Purple Plumm Brand Communications, for and on behalf of Cedar Square Shopping Centre - 011 465 0910 / 082 376 4926 / firstname.lastname@example.org.