CCTV shows girl stealing from shop
Lourensa Eckard, Beeld
Johannesburg - The owner of a shop in the East Rand Mall says she is shocked after discovering CCTV footage showing a woman directing a young girl to steal game consoles in her shop.
On the video it can be seen how the girl, aged about 5 or 6, is ordered to slip behind the counter of the Super CD shop to grab two portable PlayStation Vita video game consoles while three other adults distract the staff.
The consoles were worth R3 000 each. The child then gave the consoles to the woman.
“If they use a child to commit theft, what will they use her for next?” asked Karin Geldenhuys, owner of the shop.
“We don’t suspect anyone coming into the shop, we suspect a young child even less,” said Geldenhuys.
The incident happened at 15:10 on Sunday.
The shop staff realised the consoles were missing during stock taking on Monday morning.
After staff looked at the CCTV footage, they told Geldenhuys that a young girl had been the thief.
She asked her staff to search the shop because children regularly played with stock and then left it somewhere on the shop floor.
“It was only once I looked at the video myself that I came to the shocking realisation that these people were using a young child in a despicable way.”
“Something has to be missing in you as a human being if you are able to sink so low.”
It was the young girl’s childlike behaviour that touched Geldenhuys.
“She hops up and down as if she is excited about what she has to do.”
The child was probably still unable to distinguish between right and wrong, said Geldenhuys.
The Children’s Act stipulates that children younger than 10 can’t be arrested or prosecuted.
Geldenhuys lay a charge with police on Tuesday, but for her the issue is more the wellbeing of the child.
According to investigative officer Warrant Officer Charlie Faber of the Boksburg North police station, the use of children to commit crimes is worrying.
“If a child is drawn into these things, where will it end?”