Firefighters held for stealing perfume

2012-05-31 15:59

Johannesburg - Five firefighters have been arrested after they allegedly stole R10 000 worth of perfume and other goods from a Dis-Chem store destroyed by fire, Johannesburg police said on Thursday.

They were arrested on Tuesday when they returned around 05:00 to the scene, at the Princess Crossing shopping centre in Roodepoort, Lieutenant Colonel Tshisikhawe Ndou said.

Stock worth about R30m was destroyed in the blaze.

"On Monday a fire broke out at the shopping centre in Roodepoort. The five firefighters returned on Tuesday. When the security guard denied them access they told him they were going to look for their friend."

When the men left the building they refused to let the security guard search them. He called the police.

"The men jumped into their public service vehicle and tried to flee the scene, but police managed to stop them and they were arrested on the scene."

They were charged with theft and possession of stolen goods.

Johannesburg emergency management services spokesperson Robert Mulaudzi said the matter would be dealt with internally once the police had completed their investigations.

Dis-Chem regional manager Jan de Jager on Thursday said such behaviour was unacceptable.

"We have consulted with the police as well as the emergency services before deciding to handle this case as a normal theft case. We are very happy and thankful for the way they responded to the fire on Monday. We are happy to let justice take its course."

De Jager said the theft took place at a vulnerable time as the shop could not be locked due to fire damage.

The five were expected to appear in the Roodepoort Magistrate's Court soon.

  • Ekfeugo - 2012-05-31 16:07

    "your the fire" I presume.

      Francois - 2012-05-31 16:19

      That was very sharp Ekfeugo!!

      frans.vanderpoll - 2012-05-31 16:32

      This is sooo sharp!! Absolutely brilliant.

      paula.leech03 - 2012-05-31 16:34

      You're fired! Please leave the boardroom immediately.

      Fussed - 2012-05-31 16:51

      What about "ring of fire"

      maseratifittipaldi - 2012-05-31 17:05

      No, Fussed. That was when they stole from Nando's.

      Phillip - 2012-06-01 07:00

      What's behind the Red Door?

  • Squeegee - 2012-05-31 16:08

    And these skelms want the public to pay when we call them out. Go straight to jail...

  • Rainbow - 2012-05-31 16:18

    So for R10000 perfume they have lost a decent monthly income and are now unenployed ( or will be). Mind boggles.

      Squeegee - 2012-05-31 16:53

      Don't forget all the stuff they get to steal at other places. The guard must get a promotion - chief of police?

      Sharon - 2012-05-31 16:55

      Their defense will be that they thought it was a "perk"...

      Cynthia - 2012-06-01 09:31

      No amount of money is worth your reputation or your job and in that order.

  • Francois - 2012-05-31 16:19

    This is what happens if you do not pay your bill, they take your stuff!!

  • Robbie - 2012-05-31 16:23

    This is a disgrace to the profession!

      warren.vanwyk.3 - 2012-05-31 17:16

      The gravy train has finally stopped at the fire station, lol.

  • hein.huyser - 2012-05-31 16:24

    This is so against everything that firefighters stand for, but we now have them in the police, nursing staff, schools, public offices ect. Don't we have any morals left? I'm ashamed of what some people in this country have become, and who must we thank? That pillar of moral standards leading this country with his spear.

  • nigel.burgess.52 - 2012-05-31 16:28

    And the rot spreads.

  • Dooie - 2012-05-31 16:28

    Typical South African service delivery people. Take when and whatever you can. It doesn't belong to you, but just take it. Who will notice. They got caught now but how many other times did they do it too? I presume they'd be stealing from injured people in accidents where they attend to.

      Hadebe - 2012-05-31 16:41

      What do u mean by south african delivery service people? I am a delivery man n i havent taken whats nt given unto me. In your quest for comment you just turned stupid with your generalisations.

      Dooie - 2012-05-31 18:01

      Hadebe. It was generally speaking. How many marches a month due to service delivery. How many in the service delivery do go out being corrupt. You may be one of a few that's keeping it straight. So keep your insults to yourself....

  • Kobus Steyn - 2012-05-31 16:34

    Hau wena?!? Sies!!!

  • brian.ellse - 2012-05-31 16:46

    Will be interesting when they named upon being formally charged in Court.

  • lerato.kay.3 - 2012-05-31 16:52

    They were trying to diffuse a stink bomb

  • Michelle - 2012-05-31 16:55

    I hope Dischem gives the Security guard a Bonus, as he could have joined the party!!!!

  • Helmut - 2012-05-31 17:00

    Send them on a rescue mission to hell

  • Andre - 2012-05-31 17:00

    I saw "fire-fighters" in action at a house fire a year ago. They were just about running into each other in absolute mayhem. Men and women, most of them overweight and seemingly unfit as well. In the days past, firemen were fit and trained climbing ladders at high speed. Most of these that I were watching would never be able to climb a ladder at any pace! Why employ women to do a job where strength is required just to fill the equality numbers? Totally absurd!

      christiaangeorgefrederick - 2012-06-01 08:57

      Andre ja dit is so dat hierdie nuwe generasie van brandweer manne en vroue se opleiding veel te wense laat en dat hulle nie weet wat om te doen nie maar glo my hulle word opgelei die ou spreekwoord se mos jy kan n perd vat tot by die water. Ek was ook n brandweerman in Roodepoort en kan jou se in die tyd van Chief Ronnie Cloete was daar nie sulke dinge geduld nie en jy was fit en gesond om hard te kan werk. Vir ons was dit n roeping en nie net n werk nie.

  • Tony - 2012-05-31 17:04

    Hot merchandise for sale!

  • Rob - 2012-05-31 17:08

    Here we go again - 'Our Protectors'. Thieving, not on the 'spur of the moment' but planned well in advance. Hope theu get their 'just desert'.

  • Irene - 2012-05-31 17:11

    Interesting how these opportunists have thieving in their genes.

  • Bomb - 2012-05-31 17:13

    Africa never fails to amaze me.

  • Sakhiwo - 2012-05-31 17:21

    What a disgrace to their themselves,families

  • zama.mhlongo.14 - 2012-05-31 17:30

    I think whilst at it the police should investigate the Firefighters if they didn't start the blaze with the hope of doing exactly what they did, i.e loot the Pharmacy. I think justice should be harsh on this kind of behaviour. Who can one turn to these days if they are in a crisis situation? Pheeeeeeeew!!

  • Erna - 2012-05-31 17:36

    Is there no honourable profession?

  • paulgerber969 - 2012-05-31 17:46

    Niga Mina Culture in South Africa. Can you believe it. Aarjie na sy Vaartjie.

  • nofikathiniskeyi.eunice - 2012-05-31 17:49

    akho kwamtu ongelosela namapolisa uyeba nawo bafuna imali ekhawulezayo hayi kunzima emzantsi

      Mike - 2012-05-31 18:18

      Which means what?

      maseratifittipaldi - 2012-05-31 18:56

      It means you can't understand the above, Mike.

  • Ron - 2012-05-31 18:53

    All suspended on full pay no doubt

      Nicolaas - 2012-05-31 21:01

      @RON, what is so funny is that they were caught red handed, yet the spokesman said that they will be dealt with internally after the police is done with their investigations. Ho the hell can you still investigate a theft if you were caught red handed! Why does he not set up a commision of enquiry to enquire if the theft were not because of racism! WTF!

  • Warren - 2012-05-31 20:14

    Don't blame them,with all that smoke they must have really stank #ludicrous

  • Mike Purchase - 2012-05-31 20:47

    Cant these okes simply work hard or smart to pay for what they need or is it a case of want and want more and more,sick things.

  • Jay - 2012-05-31 20:56

    If the previous Minister of Health, Manto Tshabalala Msimang could steal a wristwatch of a patient when she was a nurse, then surely these FireFighters are forgiven in the eyes of SA Laws"! amazing how the CORRUPT CRONY ANC CADRES have never made an issue about Manto and her ongoing Bungles! Blame this on Mbeki & Apartheid and even on anyone else. This country has NO MORE MORALS! Just look at it's Government & Cabinet! I Rest My Case! BTW, Do Not Buy An e-Tag! EVER!

  • Wynand - 2012-06-01 07:13

    so its confirmed!! they did have a red hot sale ...... That's how you think when you only have a Grade 10

      christiaangeorgefrederick - 2012-06-01 08:40

      Wynand ek was ook n brandweerman by Roodepoort en in ons dae moes jy matriek of soos julle nou se graad 12 hehad het. So asb moenie almal onder die selfde kam skeer nie vir ons was dit nie n werk nie maar n roeping

  • leslie.rabie - 2012-06-01 07:56

    Now I have that song in my head from Billy Joel - We didnt start the fire.. LOL idiots

  • Warwick - 2012-06-01 08:35

    When you see on TV those brave American fire fighters going into those burning towers, and even when the first had collapsed, they still went in like 'REAL HERO'S'. Much 'more' respect was given to fire fighters worldwide because of this................and we have these clowns. They are a national embarrassment.

  • Cynthia - 2012-06-01 09:35

    Heard some wonderful comments this morning on Radio/Talk 702 about the Sunnyside Police and ADT who responded to quickly to a call for help. Looks like we can also do a bit of bragging of our own. Well done SAPS.

  • abraham.koen - 2012-06-01 11:25

    They should be sent to jail! their names and Photo's should be published on social media.

  • Leon Swanepoel - 2013-06-25 14:07

    Geleentheid gee geneentheid....maak dit soveel erger as jy 'n swak salaris verdien-dit maak dit egter nog steeds nie reg nie.

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