The police in KwaZulu-Natal are searching for a gang of men who robbed a jewellery shop in Gateway earlier this morning, making off with valuables worth hundreds of thousands of rand.

According to a spokesperson from Marshall Security, their officers responded to multiple panic calls on Friday morning.

The spokesperson said “Upon arrival of our Armed Response Officers and Special Operations Team, it was established that an unknown number of suspects gained entry, by breaking through the glass doors and windows, using sledge hammers”.

The gang fled the scene in their Toyota Corrolla, which was found abandoned on the M25 highway a short while later.

The sledgehammers were found inside the vehicle.

Colonel Thembeka Mbele, KZN SAPS spokesperson said a case of robbery was opened at the Durban North police station for further investigation.

Gateway spokesperson, Michelle Shelley, said no tenants or customers were injured in the incident.

She also said “The centre’s security teams immediately responded to the scene and police were notified, and responded to the scene soon after. The perpetrators made off with an undisclosed amount of goods. The safety and security of customers and tenants is of utmost importance and we are working with the SAPS to assist with their investigation”.

Shelley added that the centre had been secured and operating and trading as normal, as per lockdown regulations.