Stolen money from Bon Jovi, Bieber concerts not from ticket sales

16 May 2013 - 12:34 By Times LIVE
Jon Bon Jovi of legendary rock band Bon Jovi performs at Johannesburg's FNB Stadium on Saturday, May 11, 2013.
Jon Bon Jovi of legendary rock band Bon Jovi performs at Johannesburg's FNB Stadium on Saturday, May 11, 2013.
Image: Louise McAuliffe

The money stolen from a safe situated at FNB Stadium over the past weekend belonged to third party concessionaires, said promotions company Big Concerts International.

“The money was part of proceeds from the sale of food and beverage from the Bon Jovi Concert on Saturday night and Justin Bieber merchandise from the concert on Sunday night, and were not the proceeds from ticket sales of the Justin Bieber concert as reported in certain media publications,” Big Concerts said in a statement.

The Bieber concert was sold out six months in advance and no tickets were sold at the venue.

The concessions proceeds were being held in a safe ready for collection by a cash in transit company on Monday morning, Big Concerts said.

Police and investigators have confirmed it was a highly sophisticated planned theft which happened in the early hours between 3am and 7am of the morning after the concert and hours after Bieber had departed South Africa.

The artist and public safety were never at risk at any stage, the promoter said.

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