Cape Town Airport staff held for theft

2012-01-31 16:38

Cape Town - Two Cape Town International Airport staff were arrested on Tuesday after being found with a passenger's computer, Western Cape police said.

Captain Frederick van Wyk said the passenger touched down from Johannesburg on Tuesday and forgot his iPad2 on his seat.

By the time he went back to the plane, it was missing.

"After informing police of the incident, the complainant tracked his iPad on his laptop, which led to the arrest of the two suspects while leaving the airport," Van Wyk said.

The man, 34, worked as a driver for an aircraft catering company while the woman, 24, worked as an aircraft cleaner.

They would appear in the Bellville Magistrate's Court later on Tuesday.

  • Irene - 2012-01-31 16:48

    Great stuff that the thieves were caught. Note who they were (as usual)!

      Mike - 2012-01-31 17:02

      cannot agree with you more. bafoons

      Ray - 2012-01-31 17:08

      Great-but they were "caught" by the owner.

      dave.ogier - 2012-01-31 17:21

      Assume much?

      John - 2012-01-31 17:30

      Ish....That "Angry Birds" Game was so tempting. Does passenger (owner) show them how this game work?

      Passop - 2012-01-31 17:52

      "NOTE WHO THEY WERE (as usual)" A male driver and female cleaner as per the article. Are drivers and cleaners USUALLY thieves or am i missing something???

      Shahied - 2012-01-31 18:38

      I agree with Irene.Whites should not be employed in these sensitive positions.The temptation to steal is always there.

      Shahied - 2012-01-31 19:00

      Well NEWSREADER than you have not read tonights papers.

      Anthony - 2012-01-31 22:02

      BEEE works well

      Boer - 2012-02-01 01:02

      These people are a disgrace for South-Africa. Now everybody reads this type of thing around the world. This can not be good for tourism and for Cape-Town.

  • Mia - 2012-01-31 16:54

    Lekker Suid-Afrika!

  • Karmah - 2012-01-31 16:58

    Now if only they can catch the guys smuggling stuff in ones luggage. Now that would be an article worth reading

  • Sharon - 2012-01-31 16:59

    So they've lost their jobs and have a criminal record for what? An I-Pad? Bleeding blazes, it defies all logic.

      Mike - 2012-01-31 17:03

      they have no logic, no brains, they only have uncles, cousins, brothers and sisters in the park

      Juan - 2012-01-31 18:50

      And born to suffer from their stupidity

  • Pieter - 2012-01-31 17:04

    They should have a close look at the baggage handlers as well. Have had items stolen from my baggage twice when flying from CT :-(

  • Shirley - 2012-01-31 17:17

    Good for the owner-at least he could show them how to catch a thief! Cant they hire this guy to get the other 2000 ripping off baggage every day?

      Roberta - 2012-01-31 19:58

      UInfortunately theyre not always Ipads

  • Carlo Hayes - 2012-01-31 17:25

    It's about time someone got arrested for airport crime.

  • Larry - 2012-01-31 17:27

    What we need to hear is that the rest of the thieves are nailed and there are many more involved in this.

  • raymond.kok3 - 2012-01-31 17:32

    kawabanga good work those thiefing bastards lock them up

  • Frank - 2012-01-31 18:00

    No not Cape Town as well!Thought it was squeaky clean down there.

  • Buti - 2012-01-31 18:00

    Journalist likes to cook a rotten food and give to the public. This story doesn't make sense at all. Atleast if they say,those 2ppl were trying to still the ipad.

      Burtfred - 2012-01-31 18:03

      Buti, if you are so illiterate, howcome you have access to a computer? Did you also steal it?

  • Gallant LeVogue - 2012-01-31 18:09

    Sounds to me that one person is a culprit, and the other happened to be in company.

  • Chalkie - 2012-01-31 18:38

    Awesome. Glad they were apprehended; hopefully they might not steal the next time.

  • fcint - 2012-01-31 18:47

    An ipad2 is not something I would leave behind anywhere. A case here perhaps of the "haves too much" and the "have nots". Not I hasten to add that this ever excuses and is an apologetic for criminality. These people had jobs after all in positions of responsibility so the real tragedy is that they have now joined the unemployed masses.

      Burtfred - 2012-01-31 19:05

      @fcint Stupid comment. I know of people who have forgotten their own children in a car in sweltering heat, with horrible consequences. An Ipad is just another piece of Apple chattel that will be either outdated or stolen within the next year or two. If, as we are led to believe, we really had "Ubuntu" in this country, the cleaner would have gone out of her way to find then owner of the Ipad. No ubuntu there. Humans are not robots, we make silly mistakes.

      fcint - 2012-01-31 23:15

      So someone who believes the comment is stupid also believes that "forgetting" your children in a locked car in the sweltering heat is a "silly mistake" Go figure!

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  • Shahied - 2012-01-31 18:54

    Well NEWSREADER, that is not what I read in tonight's newspaper.

  • Comrade - 2012-01-31 20:16


  • brionyl.french - 2012-02-01 05:34

    BUSTED!!!! Stupid people dont know the Apple brand. And As per usual its the Airport staff that always plead innocent..

  • Cristina - 2012-02-01 06:16

    Idoits!!! I hope they were fired without pay!!!

  • Merle - 2012-02-01 06:49

    20 years ago my husband approached ACSA with a plan to put transponders in empty laptop and cameras. Airport theft would have been wiped out in a month!

      Marcel - 2012-02-01 08:56

      What a travesty...those thieves who escaped your hubby's "RFID tags" should at least be syndicate bosses by now or possibly in the top ACSA management structures. The average laptop was around $4500 back then (1992), I wonder why they did not go for it? There must have been lots of hitech floating around back then...I'm just saying!

  • Darin - 2012-02-01 07:39

    Find my iPad app obviously does it's job

      Marcel - 2012-02-01 08:57

      I hope I never have to test it!

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