Yet another Cape Town jewellery store has been struck by robbers – this time the bold robbery transpired at Van Deijl jewellers at Tyger Valley Centre. Centre Management has confirmed that the incident has taken place, and has reassured its visitors that the safety of shoppers remains top priority.
According to reports, the robbery took place at 6.40pm last night, with the robbers firing shots in their escape attempts. The criminals are said to have made off with “an undisclosed amount of stock”. No known injuries were reported.
There has been a marked increase in jewellery store robberies across Cape Town this year, with three such cases being reported in July alone.
Last month, a jewellery store at the upmarket Cape Quater Lifestyle Village in Green Point was struck by robbers, who came armed with firearms. The four suspects fled in a white Ford Fiesta, and escaped with an undisclosed amount of jewellery.
Weeks previously, the Mount Nelson Hotel’s jewellery store was targeted by 15 armed men, who arrived in two vehicles. They made their way into the building by threatening and intimidating a security guard, as they were armed with both firearms and sledgehammers.
The robbers smashed the glass of the jewelry store, and removed approximately R50 000 worth of jewellery. They also made off with R6 000 in cash from the front desk, as well as the cellphones of guests.
In the beginning of July, four armed men stormed and robbed The Diamond Works, which is located opposite the Cape Town International Convention Centre. Wearing masks and workmen’s overalls, they forcefully entered the shop in the Metropolitan building before making off with an undisclosed amount of valuable jewellery.