Chatsworth Centre jewellery shop robbed
ANOTHER Durban jewellery store has been struck by the “hammer gang” which made off with expensive watches and jewellery during a late night raid at the weekend.
Mayuri’s Jewellers at Chatsworth Centre was the latest jewellery store to be targeted after a series of similar smashand-grab heists at other jewellery stores around the province.
The robbers’ modus operandi is to break the glass display cases with hammers and escape with the jewellery.
The most recent incident, believed to have taken place before midnight on Saturday, has left the centre staff in fear of future robberies.
An employee at Mayuri’s Jewellers, who asked not to be named, was grateful that no one was hurt because the break-in took place after hours.
From the video footage, the employee said five men broke into the store at about 11.40pm.
“Four of the guys were wearing caps and the other one did not bother to try and hide his identity.
“They had crowbars and broke the glass.”
He was apparently told by security that three others were involved, with two allegedly assaulting a security guard and the other driving the getaway vehicle.
He said a number of branded watches were taken, but was not sure how many other items were stolen because they still had to do a stocktake.
Kubeshnie Reddy, who works at a shop in the centre, said many were shocked about the robbery while others were not surprised.
“This is nothing new. We have become used to these sorts of incidents.”
This is the latest in a string of robberies at jewellery stores.
Last month, a robber was killed when the owner of a jewellery shop at the Reservoir Hills Mall fought back.
Another robber was injured during the gunfight between the store owner and the robbers.
In January, the Hilton Hotel was hit by a balaclava-wearing gang carrying crowbars and 10-pound hammers.
The gang made off with R20 million in jewellery from Osiniq Jewels.
In December, four hammer-wielding men smashed through a Matthews Meyiwa (Stamford Hill) Road jewellery store window, making off with 10 trays of rings and earrings.
Lieutenant-Colonel Zwane, provincial police spokesperson, said the men took jewellery and watches from the display. No arrests had been made.