A spokesman for the police would only state that the man in custody is “assisting with on-going investigations” but reliable sources informed The Daily OBSERVER that the man being held is believed to be the lead perpetrator.
The incident occurred some time between 9 o’clock and 9:35 am yesterday as the burglar walked into the premises, with a black laptop bag and envelope in hand, and proceeded up the stairs to an office on the second floor of the building.
The bandit then pulled out a gun and robbed a clerk of an undisclosed sum, believed to be in the thousands, before firing a wild shot and making his getaway.
It is not clear at what stage the armed robber put on a mask, but eyewitnesses said the man went upstairs unmasked and came down, following the gunshots, masked with gun in hand.
The perpetrator reaching the bottom of the stairs inside the supermarket, then fired off another shot, directed in the area of the cashier.
There were reportedly somewhere between 20 and 35 people in the store, including around 15 staff, who immediately fell to the floor upon hearing the gunshot.
As the man continued to make his escape, he dropped his basketball hat in the store.
Two men, ages 23 and 27, who ran after the bandit, said he made his way across the car park, and while struggling to hold up his pants, was forced to drop his black bag as well as a number of coins and small notes.
The armed bandit is reported to have gotten into a white Nissan Sunny parked behind the adjacent Lighting Expo building where three other men were waiting.
No one was injured in the robbery and the police are continuing their investigations into the incident.
(More in today’s Daily OBSERVER)