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Cops follow 'hot' lead after stadium heist

Police are following up on new leads after a sophisticated heist was pulled off at FNB Stadium.

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

JOHANNESBURG - Security firms and private investigators on Tuesday followed up credible leads in an attempt to crack the mystery of a multimillion rand heist at FNB Stadium following the Justin Bieber and Bon Jovi concerts.

Eyewitness News learned on Tuesday that several leads were being pursued by private investigators and a breakthrough was expected soon.

An individual close to the investigation had described the lead as 'hot' and was hopeful it would result in arrests.

The details of the lead could not be made public due to the sensitivity of the case.

Stadium Management SA said this was a sophisticated plan of thieves who had intimate knowledge of the stadium, its layout and security.

SEARCHING FOR MORE CLUES

Police, forensic experts and detectives searched the stadium for more clues.

CCTV footage from 10 cameras which showed between 8am and 2am on Tuesday was being closely analysed.

Stadium staff also underwent polygraph tests while fingerprints and forensic evidence were being scrutinised.

By Monday, 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.

A WELL THOUGHT OUT PLAN

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.

Stadium Management SA'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."

Meanwhile, Big Concerts and Stadium Management SA are expected to offer a reward to anyone with information about the FNB Stadium heist.

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