Search for stolen Macs continues

2014-04-10 00:00

THE search for nine Apple Mac computers stolen on Sunday morning from Durban cartoonist Nanda Sooben’s Centre of Fine Art Animation and Design is ongoing.

The theft took place in the early hours of Sunday morning during the shift change of security guards.

Three suspects broke into the premises in Morningside, while another kept a look-out outside the building. The three inside ransacked the building and made off with the computers, one of which belonged to Sooben.

Acclaimed artist, founder and creative director of the school, Sooben said that the thefts hit the centre hard, as the computers contained work by the students and a personal project he had started.

“Students rely on these computers and had some of their work stored on them. My work computer was also stolen with a project I began last year. It was quite dark when they broke in. The people who broke in probably had been there before. Each of the computers is worth R20 000,” he said.

Sooben had been working on a book of his cartoons, which was almost completed, to commemorate 20 years of democracy in South Africa titled, Screwed! It’s not funny. He said that he had gone through 3 000 cartoons to identify 200 for the book.

“I had scanned the cartoons and all that work is lost. I had also written captions for some of the cartoons, which means I will have to re-do all of the work I started last year,” Sooben said, adding that most of the work on the computers that were stolen were animations by the students and that all that work was also lost.

Sooben said that the break-in came amid a spate of burglaries in the area and with eight cameras on the premises, he was able to provide the police with CCTV footage.

“The people who broke in looked like students, but they were not students from our centre. They drove in with a fancy BMW, took the computers and drove out.”

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