According to a statement released by the City of Johannesburg, a 36-year-old woman has been arrested for allegedly stealing computer hard drives from various government offices within Johannesburg.
The woman, who was arraigned in court on 19th October, impersonated a government official and that is how she was able to gain access to the government offices. She targeted provincial government departments, where she successfully made away with 60 hard drives, each valued at approximately R1,667.
“On Thursday, 14th October 2020, the City’s Group Forensic and Investigation Service department (GFIS) was notified of 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,” reads a report by the City of Johannesburg.
The woman was apprehended by the members of the Johannesburg Metropolitan Police Department (JMPD)on October 17th when she was caught trying to break into the Legislature Offices by breaking the main door which leads to the offices.
Her movements were traced through CCTV cameras, which caught her moving around the government buildings while carrying a bag containing various tools in it. The suspect was questioned and subsequently confessed to the crime but gave an incorrect residential address. She later on provided the correct residential address, but a search of the property was futile.
“The City would like to encourage people to report any fraud and corruption activities through our 24-hour tipoff hotline 0800 002 587 or visit the GFIS offices situated at 48 Ameshoff Street in Braamfontein,” the municipality said.