An Empangeni man became South Africa’s newest and briefest millionaire after he was arrested for snagging a bag containing R2 million in cash.
The Fidelity Security Services guard was arrested earlier this month after he was apparently caught on CCTV walking off with the money at the company’s Empangeni offices in KwaZulu-Natal.
Empangeni detectives were baffled by the actions of the man who up until the arrest was also working as a driver for the company, Zululand Observer reported.
It is believed that, upon completing a delivery, the man noticed a bag of cash had been left behind in his vehicle.
According to police, he then grabbed the bag and walked with it under his arm into the security company’s depot building.
He then hid a portion of the cash in a storeroom, while hiding the rest in the boot of his private vehicle.
An internal investigation by the company quickly tracked down the driver who was captured in the act on CCTV cameras placed around the facility.
He was subsequently arrested and charged with theft, while around R1.9 million of the cash was recovered, stashed in several hiding places. It is unclear where the remaining R100 000 went.
The man has since appeared in the Empangeni Magistrates’ Court.
In January, a security guard in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, in the US, was arrested after he was caught stealing $80,000 (about R1.1 million) from an armoured truck he had been hired to protect.
The security company notified police when they found the $80,000 was unaccounted for.
The loss prevention manager of the company began an internal investigation and reviewed CCTV footage which apparently showed 24-year-old Kenneth Wayne Kelly Jr., removing the bag of money out of the armoured truck and placing it into a locker inside of the business’ premises.
According to Baton Rouge news site WAFB, Kelly told officers he had possession of the money but had thrown it out of his car window.
– Caxton News Service