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Johannesburg - An armed robbery in a Dunkeld shopping centre ended in a shoot-out between security guards and three men on Tuesday, Johannesburg police said.

Captain Pinky Tsinyane said no injuries were reported.

A man entered the Dunkeld Fruit and Flowers shop in the Dunkeld West Centre, at the corner of Bompas and Jan Smuts avenues, in the morning, pretending to be a customer.

He hit the assistant manager with a firearm and took an undisclosed amount of money.

Security guards shot at the robber and his two accomplices as they fled. The robbers returned fire before escaping in a white Toyota bakkie.

Police recovered a 9mm pistol at the scene.


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Shootout at Dunkeld Fruit and Flower shop

The pistol dropped by one of the robbers

Five men fled with an undisclosed amount of cash following an armed robbery at Dunkeld Fruit and Flowers in the Dunkeld West centre on Tuesday morning.

26 June 2012 | Graeme Shackleford and Kierryn Goodwin

Shots were fired during the robbery, but the only injury sustained by a staff member occurred when he was pistol-whipped by one of the men.

According to Rosebank police spokesman Sergeant Bongi Mdletshe, the robbery took place at 8.40am.

The five men entered the shop and split up. Two men distracted a cashier by asking her about birthday cards while the three others pointed a gun at another staff member and told him to take them to the cash office.

In the office, the robbers pistol-whipped the staff member, and demanded money and asked him if there were any firearms on the premises. He opened the safe, and the robbers took the cash.

Centre security guards ran to the scene as the robbers fled to their car. Shots were fired, and one of the robbers dropped his gun as he ran.

The robbers left in a white Toyota bakkie with a Free State licence plate. They are armed and dangerous.

Anyone with information that may assist the police in their investigation should contact Rosebank police on 011-778-4700 .

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