Men in ADT uniforms steal R23m in gems

2012-04-12 08:53

Johannesburg - A Bedfordview business has been robbed of R23m worth of precious stones and diamonds by three men dressed in ADT security uniforms, according to a newspaper report on Thursday.

The robbery took place after staff at AA Diamonds in the Wall of China office block had left on Good Friday around 14:00, owner Shibne Mohammed told The Star newspaper.

“They made it look easy,” said Mohammed.

According to the report, three men in an ADT-marked vehicle gained access to the area around 20:30.

Two guards had opened the gate for them believing they were legitimate guards. One of the guards had recognised one of the robbers as an ADT employee, Mohammed said.

The robbers tied up the guards and pulled them into the basement.

They then forced their way into the company's offices by breaking through a gate and two doors, dismantling the alarm, removing hard drives from the surveillance cameras and cutting through a one-ton, steel-reinforced safe.

"They had between six and eight hours and some heavy grinding machine, they took their time," said Mohammed.

"They [ADT] are supposedly a state-of-the-art security company, but their own people robbed us," he claimed.

The security company's regional managing director, Roy Rawlins, told the newspaper the matter was being investigated.

Police were also looking into the possibility that the men were ADT guard impersonators.

  • Piet - 2012-04-12 09:06

    Never trust men in uniform.!!!They are the worst of all.... Don't the companies check on criminal records or do they employ the same way as the SAPD.....

      Deon - 2012-04-12 09:18

      They do check for criminal records (police clearance) when employing registered guards, but some people have ways in getting clean records.

  • RObert - 2012-04-12 09:07


  • chris.piro2 - 2012-04-12 09:21

    WTF!! I can't believe this , what are we going to in this planet .

  • Inkwazi - 2012-04-12 09:41


      philani.goba - 2012-04-12 10:53

      lol..blame it on Mnet Action for repeating the italian job

  • pencils4eva - 2012-04-12 09:42

    Had a similar experience with ADT a few years back. Will NEVER allow them near my property again. And of course their "bosses" deny anything and just blame you for not taking sufficient precautions

  • Johan - 2012-04-12 09:58

    How is the owner going to convince the insurence company of the true value of his loss?

  • Gavin - 2012-04-12 10:00

    3 can keep a secret if 2 are dead.

  • Tanie - 2012-04-12 10:09

    "They had between six and eight hours and some heavy grinding machine, they took their time," Why should you be in a hurry when you are robbing yourself? You know that no one will find you,while you robbing yourself.

  • Jean - 2012-04-12 10:17

    Fulfilling South African Syllabus, Roberry, Fraud, Corruption, Drug mule donkeys, sowing a party into disrepute, Poaching Rhinos, What else can I say??- eish- its a good movie to watch!!

  • - 2012-04-12 10:31

    will make an awesome movie

  • raegan.mcreed - 2012-04-12 10:43

    well surely these gems are insured , so the owner will give his 3 accomplices a million each and he pockets the 20 million and also gets reimbursed by his insurance company, life is good in S.A !

  • Vickela Mumby - 2012-04-12 12:16

    Jozi style!

  • Rose - 2012-04-16 10:50


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