Clearwater not pressing charges against 'shoplifters' over damaged boom gate
Randburg - Clearwater mall on Monday confirmed it would not press charges against two suspected shoplifters who damaged the mall's boom gate while trying to make an escape after an alleged theft.
The two women, aged 24 and 36, were caught by security guards at the mall as they were trying to flee the scene, only to get a puncture shortly after driving over the traffic spikes.
The incident reportedly happened on Sunday afternoon at around 2 pm at the mall's parking lot and in footage posted online, the women are seen talking to a security guard, who appears to be stopping them from leaving.
As the guard talks to them, the women try to flee, driving straight through the mall's boom gate and spiked barrier.
They then managed to drive for a few metres before a puncture forces the car to a stop.
Security guards then gained access to the car and apprehended the women, who are seen feigning innocence and protesting their arrest.
Police spokesperson Captain Kay Makhubele confirmed the incident and the theft of goods from one of the mall's stores.
"It alleged that the suspects were trying to drive away when they were blocked by security after stealing from one of the shops at the mall. They were found in possession of the stolen goods," he said.
He was unable to confirm the estimated damage caused by the suspects but added that they would appear in court soon on charges of possession of stolen goods and shoplifting.
The mall's management also confirmed the incident, explaining that it happened at the mall's main parking exit.
According to Clearwater mall's marketing manager Jess Denner, the two had allegedly stolen goods at the Woolworths store.
"Both were kept by Woolworths until the police could arrive and charges could be laid. The number plates on the car have been reported as false number plates.
"The police searched the car and found the items from Woolworths... they are also trying to ascertain if the vehicle has been reported as stolen.
Denner said management was glad that the security measures and their team responded efficiently and effectively to the incident and that there were no injuries
She confirmed that Clearwater Mall would not be pressing charges against the duo as damage to the boom was minimal.