Bieber concert robbery an 'inside job'

2013-05-14 10:32
Johannesburg - A cash heist that took place at the FNB Stadium in Johannesburg shortly after the Justin Bieber concert there on Sunday night was an inside job, police said.

The carefully orchestrated heist went ahead without the robbers being detected, and police estimated on Monday that as much as R3m was stolen.

"It is alleged that [a stadium employee] had locked money in the walk-in safe following the Justin Bieber concert and left for home last night at about 23:00," said Lieutenant Colonel Katlego Mogale.

The FNB Stadium had played to back-to-back concerts on the weekend with Bon Jovi also performing live on Saturday night.

Millions were stolen from a company renting space from Stadium Management to sell refreshments and merchandise to 150 000 concertgoers on both nights, reports TimesLive.

Stadium Management CEO Jacques Grobbelaar said 4 000 people were brought in to manage Sunday's concert - from security guards to ushers and production staff - and police had narrowed down the list of suspects to "60 to 70 people".

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"I can't see this as an external operation," Grobbelaar told TimesLive. "Even I'm not entirely sure of where the strongroom in which the money was stored is. It was chosen because it is out of eyeshot," he added.

One of the police officers described the safe as state-of-the-art and "incredibly secure".

"It is not something you walk up to and say: 'Open sesame' ... The only way to crack these kind of safes is with specialised tools or, in this case, angle- grinders."

Security experts are questioning why the cash was not immediately counted and collected by cash-in-transit companies on the night, as is usually the case at large events.

Big Concerts managing director Justin van Wyk said it could not comment yet owing to concerns for the safety of its staff.
 
According to Sapa, Mogale said video footage of the robbery was being applied for and an investigation was underway.

Comments

  • TaaiD13 - 2013-05-14 10:37

    It's protocol for security to do a sweep on the premises before any main event

      OhbiZz Chabata - 2013-05-14 11:41

      To think in the lead about to this concert, publications were made to party goers to be weary of un-authorised car guards! I wonder what the robbers were thinking when they heard that...

      OhbiZz Chabata - 2013-05-14 11:41

      To think in the lead about to this concert, publications were made to party goers to be weary of un-authorised car guards! I wonder what the robbers were thinking when they heard that...

      OhbiZz Chabata - 2013-05-14 11:41

      To think in the lead about to this concert, publications were made to party goers to be weary of un-authorised car guards! I wonder what the robbers were thinking when they heard that...

      Andre Van Deventer - 2013-05-14 14:28

      Of course it was an inside job. They don't leave the safes outside! Hahaha!

      Simon Templer - 2013-05-14 17:47

      The cops have it all wrong. Not an inside job. Its people who wanted their money back after watching this teenie try to grind himself to fame. Ag shame.

  • BraSteve Myaluze - 2013-05-14 10:49

    I'm not sure if a safe that can be opened by an angle grinder is incredibly secure.

      Raymond J. O'Connor - 2013-05-14 11:18

      You can cut through any safe with an angle grinder.

      Raymond J. O'Connor - 2013-05-14 11:18

      You can cut through any safe with an angle grinder.

      Raymond J. O'Connor - 2013-05-14 11:18

      You can cut through any safe with an angle grinder.

  • Bevan Carpenter - 2013-05-14 11:02

    "Bieber concert robbery an 'inside job'", WOW, another profound statement by Captain obvious!?

  • Nurse Helenk - 2013-05-14 11:09

    Must've been an inside job... d'uh. You don't leave R3m in cash lying around unguarded.

  • Nishaat Fredericks - 2013-05-14 11:26

    Well i must say they did there homework carefully , And by that actually planing it to the T , Damn they set of no alarms no camera detected them ,

  • Sibongiseni Bentley Msomi - 2013-05-14 11:31

    lol lol lol "... state-of-the-art and "incredibly secure". "The only way to crack these kind of safes is with specialised tools or, in this case, angle- grinders." I didn't know an angle grinder was a special tool... Maybe I should stop watching heist movies

  • Elgh Elgh - 2013-05-14 11:41

    No, cant be. How did the cops get to that conclusion.

  • Stella Tsabedze - 2013-05-14 11:41

    its south africa

      Alwinco Risk - 2013-05-14 12:01

      Let's just hope this doesn't influence future artists and bands from performing in South Arica

      Thabang Bonang - 2013-05-14 12:13

      We all know that. So?

      Mike Bundy - 2013-05-16 18:51

      Well spotted - you must be a detective.

  • Wongama Nongqunga - 2013-05-14 11:43

    mxm Blacks

      Thabang Bonang - 2013-05-14 12:14

      @Wongama, I see you smoked wonga again.

  • Sarah Stanton - 2013-05-14 11:48

    What were the attendance figures for the bonjovi concert and Justin Bieber - we can get an idea on how much money was taken, if we assume that the average spend per person is R50 (too low?) - I think that R3mil estimate of cash taken is way under.

  • GI Jane Robbertse - 2013-05-14 11:49

    We knew it was an inside job from the start.Question the one who was last inside there.

  • Shirley Stee - 2013-05-14 11:52

    Duh!-Even a 10 year old could figure that out!

  • Alwinco Risk - 2013-05-14 12:00

    The organizers of such a big event should have done their homework properly and have conducted an independant Security Risk Assessment. This would never have happened if they were sufficiently prepared.

      Tim Norris - 2013-05-14 16:24

      Maybe you could offer your services to the banks and cellphone providers to work out a way of stopping SIM card fraud, since they don't seem to give a rats .......

  • Tshepo Lekabe - 2013-05-14 12:12

    stadium a secure place lol lol that's not my money or tax payers money who ever lost that money take it as a learning carve next time follow protocols.

  • Ian Paoliello - 2013-05-14 12:17

    I reckon Bon Jovi broke down the walls, and Justin Bieber used his feminine ways and climbed down into the safe. why has nobody checked them? Are they part of the 60 to 70 suspects?

      Priscilla Gerber - 2013-05-15 11:52

      Ok so you are suggesting that Millionaires (in Dollars!!!) would want to plan a heist to steal a couple of million? Seriously??

      Ian Paoliello - 2013-05-15 16:07

      Yes Priscilla...... thats exactly what im saying. millionaires (in dollars!!!) still need money i dont know why no one has thought of this before its the perfect crime.......seriously......

  • Tshepo Seabelo - 2013-05-14 12:18

    Open Sesame .... Kwaaaaa! I wonder if the gates of Nkandla would open as easily to that instruction.

  • Richard - 2013-05-14 12:43

    I believe that it was a bebieber job.

  • Angela Gilmour - 2013-05-14 13:47

    I reckon the Guptas flew in again, drove to the stadium with blue loghts, asked Zuma to open the safe, gave the money to Oscar Pistorius, and he ran, undetected to Nkandla, handed over the money, and the Guptas flew to Zim, to help prop up the economy.

  • Andre Van Deventer - 2013-05-14 14:29

    Another example of life is SA for the whole world to see. Nothing is sacred here!

  • Thuli Ndlovu - 2013-05-14 15:04

    Welcome to south Africa!!!!!!

  • Marlene Watson - 2013-05-15 11:44

    What goes around, comes around....R35 for a hamburger and R25 for Simba Chips!!!

      Mike Bundy - 2013-05-16 18:56

      And you are not allowed to take your own food in with you, unbelievable

  • Nomcebo Dlamini - 2013-05-15 17:54

    these kind of professionals and we still have e-tolls...oops!

  • Nomcebo Dlamini - 2013-05-15 17:54

    these kind of professionals and we still have e-tolls...oops!

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