Woman arrested for City of Johannesburg theft


A woman pretending to be an employee gained illegal access to a CoJ property.

Times Live reports that a woman has been arrested on allegations of entering a City of Johannesburg (CoJ) building in Braamfontein under false pretences and gaining access to its technology equipment.

Johannesburg metropolitan police department spokesperson Xolani Fihla said security personnel stationed at the Metro Centre in Braamfontein acted on reports of theft and damage of computer hard drives on various floors within the municipality’s premises.

A preliminary investigation showed the suspect visited the offices on October 10 and 14. Her movements were captured on CCTV cameras.

She was arrested when security personnel were alerted that she had returned to the building on October 17.
The culprit is said to have falsified her identity at the security access point by giving fake personal details, pretending to be a CoJ employee and forging a CoJ system analysis program number.

“The group forensic and investigation service profiling system showed the correct name and surname of the suspect with five active companies registered on the system detailing the suspect’s full names and address,” said Fihla.

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