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The Case of the Pilfered Pavement Paint

Friday, September 22, 2017

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When you think of a big heist operation, things like jewelry and cash might come to mind, not road paint. But thieves in Johannesburg had other ideas, making off with several hundred gallons of the stuff for resale and private use.

Following a sting conducted by local officials, three members of the public were arrested for the possession of nearly 370 gallons of stolen road paint late last week.

The Case of the Missing Road Paint

According to the Johannesburg Roads Agency, some officials from the government organization had allegedly been selling the paint for almost $23 for just over five gallons. In all, 140,000 rand ($10,520) worth was stolen.

Johannesburg Roads Agency

Following a sting conducted by local officials, three residents were arrested for the possession of nearly 370 gallons of stolen road paint late last week.

In order to solve the road paint heist, according Executive Mayor Herman Mashaba, the operation targeted a car dealership and three residential properties in Mayfair West, along with pawn shops in Brixton and Bertrams and two residential properties in Bosmont. The operators themselves allegedly used city vehicles to deliver the stolen goods, with no less than 158 gallons per delivery, according to those who were arrested for posession of the purloined paints.

Mashaba went on to note that the stolen paint was most often sold to pawn shop owners, who in turn resold it.

At one Mayfair property, 74 gallons of paint were seized after they were discovered being used to paint walls onsite.

“Corruption doesn’t just steal from the city,” Mashaba said. “It robs residents of much-needed services and resources. This is why corruption has no place in this administration and we will work tirelessly to eradicate it.”

Moving forward, officials must determine who authorized the paint, and the who and where of its delivery. 


Tagged categories: Coating Materials; Paint; Roads/Highways

Comment from peter gibson, (9/22/2017, 12:52 PM)

They are so dumb down there....road paint for houses. Thats correct...all paint is the same.Thats why that place is now totally messed up.

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