Justin Bieber Concert Earnings Stolen in Elaborate South Africa Heist (Report)

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This year Billboard recognizes Justin Bieber as an artist able to compete with the big names. Nominated for 5 awards just in artist categories alone, including Top Artist, Top Pop Artist and Top Social Artist, Bieber is also up for Top Pop Album for Believe. Set to perform on the big stage, Bieber is nominated for Top Billboard 200 Artist, an nomination for those who have topped the Billboard 200 in the past year.

Criminals reportedly pulled off an “Ocean’s 11”-type stunt to nab an estimated $330,000 in cash.

While Justin Bieber was serenading Johannesburg, South Africa, during a Mother’s Day concert, criminals reportedly were hard at work pulling off an elaborate heist backstage.

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According to the local Eyewitness News, a group of suspects executed an Ocean’s 11-type stunt involving ropes and chisels to lower themselves into a safe room at the FNB stadium. They made off with the night’s concert earnings, which TMZ estimates to be approximately $330,000 in cash.

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The suspects managed to pull off the break-in undetected Sunday, and it was not until Monday morning that stadium management and concert promoters were made aware. Police, forensic experts and security company officials placed the stadium on lockdown later Monday to investigate.

Bieber tweeted at TMZ about the incident, saying simply: “It wasn’t me.”