Breakthrough expected in stadium heist

Like a movie scene, thieves abseiled, crawled through holes and chiselled their way to millions.

A cash heist was staged at the FNB stadium after the Justin Bieber concert on 12 May 2013. Picture: Sebabatso Mosamo/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Big Concerts and stadium management are expected to offer a reward to anyone with information about the FNB Stadium heist.

Stadium management on Tuesday said leads are being followed to track down those responsible for the heist and a breakthrough is expected within the next 48 hours.

Eyewitness News on Monday revealed how criminals chiselled away a wall to a strongroom and abseiled down using long ropes to gain access to cash takings from the weekend's Bon Jovi and Justin Bieber concerts.

Debris from the roof panels and broken bricks lay strewn across the strongroom as staff counted what remained of the cash left behind in black money boxes.

Stadium management's Jacques Grobbelaar explained how those responsible chipped away at a wall and used a ladder and ropes to gain access from a neighbouring toilet.

"They moved through the door into the toilet area where they dug a hole which we believe was done over a period of time."

Grobbelaar said it's likely this was an inside job which was carefully planned.

"This wasn't an impromptu incident. There was definite planning. Looking at the scene and the place they broke into, it looks as if they were planning this for quite some time - probably a couple of days."

SEARCHING FOR CLUES

Police, forensic experts and detectives scoured the stadium in search of clues as to who was behind the sophisticated heist.

Just hours after 63,000 fans packed the stadium to watch Justin Bieber perform, criminals put the carefully crafted plan into action.

Once the stadium emptied, they climbed through the hole and used ropes to drop down three metres to the cash boxes below.

They made off with an undisclosed amount of money believed to be takings from numerous stadium bars, food kiosks and merchandise outlets which operated during the concerts.