A 36 year old female suspect masquerading as a City of Johannesburg employee was arrested yesterday for stealing about 60 computer hard drives from various work stations at the City offices in Braamfontein.

The suspect is expected to appear in the Hillbrow Magistrate’s Court on Monday, 19 October 2020.

Johannesburg Municipal Building, Braamfontein Office, South Africa; source: Wikimedia Commons.

On Thursday, 14th October 2020 the City’s Group Forensic and Investigation Service department (GFIS) was notified of a suspected theft and damage of computers from a number of departments including Town Planning, Municipal Courts and Group Legal and Contracts.

The suspect gained access to the building by giving security personnel false information including a SAP number.  Her movements were spotted on the CCTV footage.

The suspect was again seen yesterday moving around the building carrying a bag with tools.  A search for her begun and she was caught allegedly trying to break into the Legislature Offices by breaking the main door which leads to the offices.  She was then arrested by the members of the Johannesburg Metropolitan Police Department JMPD.

She was questioned, confessed to the crime but gave the team a wrong residential address. A correct residential address was later obtained and the property was searched but nothing was found.

The City would like to encourage people to report any fraud and corruption activities through our 24hour tipoff hotline 0800 002 587 or visit the GFIS offices situated at 48 Ameshoff Street in Braamfontein.

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