CCTV shows girl stealing from shop

2012-03-28 12:01

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.

Not suspicious

“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?”

  • chris.debeer1 - 2012-03-28 12:06

    WTF sorry but that is lower than LOW.

      Forceptor - 2012-03-28 12:46

      @ Jack What does race have to do with their religion? Furthermore, not all people that are supposedly religious are pure-minded individuals. I've heard many stories and have seen many "religious" people do desperate and despicable things.

      jowza1 - 2012-03-28 12:47

      whats your obsession with religion and race,jack

      Shanelle - 2012-03-28 13:18

      I am patiently waiting for the day Jack has something good to say or worthwhile to contribute.

      Werner - 2012-03-28 13:26

      Report Jack's comment! Racist bastards like this do not belong on News24

      Lyndatjie - 2012-03-28 14:15

      Ag no Werner - Leave old Jack - he makes the rest of us look positively intelligent and quite normal!

      Yaseen - 2012-03-29 08:59

      Oh just noticed at 1:43 she takes off the traditional muslim garment that she wearing...... Hope they catch her

  • Lyndatjie - 2012-03-28 12:18

    That is just plain sick! Those adults should be prosecuted and the child removed to a safe place away from this type of influence. I feel sick to my stomach that people would abuse children in this way.

  • werner.smidt - 2012-03-28 12:19

    Wow . . parents imprinting criminal behaviour. Oh, and I have these three consoles to sell for R200 each. Bargain.

  • lebogang.molefo - 2012-03-28 12:19

    geez what the hell..... poor child is being drawn into the crime world

  • khanyisa.sulo - 2012-03-28 12:20

    Oh my word, that woman can't be a mother!!!

  • tdshezi - 2012-03-28 12:25

    Shocking! Despicable parent behaviour! These are no petty criminals who steal to survive but professionals who know what they want and probably have a market for these expensive game consoles.

  • Gareth - 2012-03-28 12:26

    They should go check out the East Rand fleamarket to see if their stock ended up there.

  • Janice - 2012-03-28 12:28

    SIS man, how disgusting!!! They will end up using that child for prostitution!

  • elmathapo - 2012-03-28 12:30

    why did they shade thier faces? a ''tsostsi'' must be shamed infront of everybody!!!!

      jowza1 - 2012-03-28 12:39

      i agree,the mothers face must be shown

      Art - 2012-03-29 06:30

      She is possibly wearing one of those "POST BOX" scarves.... Makes her look like BATMAN's sister..

  • Nicola - 2012-03-28 12:36

    Why block out the faces of the people concerned? let them be shamed in public.

      Rohin - 2012-03-28 20:23

      that little thing called innocent until proven guilty. Even video footage is not sufficient evidence on that ground alone.

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  • Suprise - 2012-03-28 12:40

    Freaking indians nogal, very ashamed of my people to use this innocent girl.

      jowza1 - 2012-03-28 12:46

      so am i

      Gareth - 2012-03-28 15:09

      Well I said what said earlier because i saw they were Indians - i'm not stereotyping but I live really close by the mall and there is a down and out Indian family that walk around begging and selling incense using their kids. The parents just sit in a clapped-out old white Toyota corolla and send their very young daughter around. She's quite a convincing sales-girl, but i see them at the flea-market sometimes and wondered if they were selling or fencing. Very sad, but after seeing them every weekend pushing their kids towards fancy cars at filling stations, take out stores and mall parkings for over 2 years now, i guess they're not just begging anymore, but it's too convenient for the parents to just sit in their car and smoke (not just ciggies either).

      Simthandile Mpondo - 2012-03-28 16:23

      Suprise I think it's very foolish of u to associate this incident with a certain race. I know it's an Indian woman on the video but how many black, white and coloured people steal, kill and rape out there. What the woman did is wrong whatever color skin she is.

  • Peter - 2012-03-28 12:42

    Hey, I have two small daughters, imagine what I can get away with. No really it is pathetic.

  • Nasiefa - 2012-03-28 12:43

    shocked beyond words!!!! as a mother you would do anything to protect your child, how dare this thing that calls herself a human being and a mother do this??? sick to the pit of my stomach really.

      Shanelle - 2012-03-28 13:37

      Nasiefa I agree with you, there is something terribly wrong there. The woman (might or might not be her mom, I find it very hard to believe a mom could do this to her child) needs serious counselling and some time in jail. The child also needs counselling because of the damage this woman's sociopathic tendencies caused her.

  • Paul - 2012-03-28 12:44

    This is very saddening, when they eventuality get caught this little girl will be traumatized by the loss of a parent and then even more so by the realization that she was used by said parent in an illegal act. Children are to be cherished not destroyed emotionally. WTF!!!!

  • Pixie86 - 2012-03-28 12:47

    as you're reading the article, i'm sure most of you scrolled through to figure out the race! It surprises me that we worry about the race of the criminal and not the crime itself.

  • Marion - 2012-03-28 12:47

    Why do they hide the faces of the adults who were accompanying the child? Let us see who the criminals are - maybe we can help to identify them. That child needs to be removed and placed in foster care yesterday.

      Steve - 2012-03-28 13:04

      My thoughts exactly Marion!!!

      smohloli - 2012-03-28 13:47

      To protect the child's identity (if one of those THINGS is the mother and they show her face, that poor kid will be abused by kids her age, calling her a thief and all

  • Jayson - 2012-03-28 12:52

    This child should be removed from her mother and placed under foster care. At least she will have a better shot at life rather than staying with her mother and ending up on the streets as drug addict or prostitute.

  • mutiraasi - 2012-03-28 12:59

    It is truly horrible!!

  • Fran - 2012-03-28 13:00

    The mother must be answerable to social services then be locked up.

  • Hermann - 2012-03-28 13:02

    Folks this has nothing to do with race. I can take you to Europe and introduce you to the Gypsies and they are even better at keeping innovative crime one up. Smile they are all white - Caucasion white. Crime is here and we have to do our own vigilance and methods to be one up. Good luck, don't trust the guy/woman next to you regardless pigmentation because you will be the sucker. Anybody want to invest money with me? Hope you got the message.

      tessa.heales - 2012-03-28 14:56

      @HermannH, I am going to assume from your uneducated comment that you have never met a REAL Gypsy. They are very proud of their heritage. They are much maligned by society in general and have been persecuted, through the ages. They keep to themselves, have their own language and customs, and are very loyal to their own kind with very high personal moral standards (stealing from outsiders is sadly not in this moral code of conduct). You are very wrong when you say they are "Caucasion white". They originated from India through Persia and Armenia and spread through Europe and the western world with outsiders marrying into the group. Irish Travellers are a very different kettle of fish. They are white Irish, also stick together and have their own codes of conduct. The Scottish Travellers are similar to the Gypsies in their blood lines. All of these groups are ethnic minorities. Whilst they have a bad reputation, they are on a whole, a good people. I have had the pleasure of befriending some "Gypsies" and am the better for it. I have also done a fair amount of research into these people. I was wrongly informed that several generations back there was Gypsy blood in our family, sadly not, I would be honoured if it were so. Please get your facts straight. You are right, this crime has nothing to do with race, it is bad parenting and the lack of a moral compass.

      Marina - 2012-03-28 15:53

      @tessa. You've been watching too many episodes of My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding. Hermann is absolutely right. I was in a shop in Italy when a whole "gang" of gypsy women entered the shop and dispersed themselves around the shop. The lady serving me left me to go and watch them. Apparantly they split up and cause a distraction while the others steal. I encountered a very similar incident in Greece. What you see on TV is romantisized and only their side of the story. If they were so marvellous, why does every country in world shun them?

      Hugo - 2012-03-28 19:23

      I dont believe all gypsies are criminals.The women are cute though. :)

  • watsongeorgejan - 2012-03-28 13:04

    The shop owners sentiment that if they use the child for theft now ,What will they use her for next ? sent shivers down my spine. If you know the Sante Kimes story(A little thing called murder) you will know what i am talking about. That child needs to be removed...

  • Steve - 2012-03-28 13:09

    I wonder why the Door security sensors did not pick this up???

  • justin.pretorius - 2012-03-28 13:12

    Good grief, what is indeed next?

  • Bibi - 2012-03-28 13:26

    @Jack: you cannot be serious - people from all spheres of life do despicable thing. Even if they were purple, and belonged to the United church of Mars, it would still be despicable.

  • zama.gausi - 2012-03-28 13:41

    Ohhhh...!!!! very embarrasing! Looks like the child is used to this!

      Ilze - 2012-03-28 16:58

      It's a child for heaven sake. She was being playfull like children are probably thinking that what she was doing is right, because "mum says so". And she's probably done it many times before. I don't think the child's behaviou is embarrasing. I think the mother's behaviour is a crying shame!

  • wesley.bischoff - 2012-03-28 14:34

    What pathetic people. You don't have the balls (or whatever) to do the dirty deed yourself, you get the child to do it. What morals and values has this child learnt? Low-life scum

  • deon.schyff - 2012-03-28 17:16

    what next? That poor kid is my biggest concern

  • Jacques - 2012-03-28 22:50

    clever and all, the child cant go to jail if caught... under aged. but little did they know there were cams to see the scam...

  • Hettie - 2012-03-28 22:53

    I think the adults face should be made known, name and shame them!

  • Coriza - 2012-03-29 00:14

    On the news tonight they showed the mothers face, she looks straight into the camera at one stage! How dumb! But I suppose they blocking the girls face to protect her... Noticed how the girl carries a bag over her shoulder, makes me wonder what else the mother made her shoplift n probably in that bag?! No wonder u can buy stuff outside east rand mall cheap cheap...

  • hamish.jeppe - 2012-03-29 12:02

    It does not concern race or religion...this is a very old scam and it's been done all over the world. In the U.S, they run this scam to steal jewellery from expensive stores. Adults create a distraction, while the kids are sent behind the counter to steal. They even go as far as pointing out the exact items they want to the kids before they embark on the scam. It's a sad, sad world where people resort to using kids in theft.

  • carolyn.dewrance - 2012-03-29 13:32

    Now we know that is why Muslim women wear those ridiculous garments when they go out, wonder how many shops she has robbed in her life time using a little child to do her dirty work for her. Lock her up, and put the child into a childrens home and teach her to be a good citizen.

      Zeeni - 2012-03-30 15:16

      that is the most racist remark can u say muslim clad in garments is ridiculous and thats is y we wear them>we have respect for our bodies unlike you ppl who go out half naked in front of the do u knw she is muslim anyone can buy a cloak from any stre and wear it.u pathetic

  • blowdart17 - 2012-03-29 14:58

    That is just sad

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