Five-month plot for Sh72m bank heist goes awry
SEE ALSO :Another suspect in Sh72m heist arrestedThe Voxy which is owned by an Administration Police officer and his wife who is also an AP was in a garage where mechanics were spraying it with a new coat of paint. The investigators were locked inside the compound by some workers and moments later, six heavily armed AP officers confronted them and demanded to know what they were looking for. The AP officers left after the DCI officers informed them that they were conducting an investigation. The owners of the compound were absent. We have learnt that the woman was captured by CCTV cameras and was believed to be part of the gang. She has since not turned up at her workstation in Kikuyu. Two police arrested over the heist have provided the investigators with insider details of their five months plot that involved 20 people among them bank and G4s staff. Gone into hiding
SEE ALSO :Police widen net in bank heist probeThe two police constables were arrested yesterday by officers from the Special Crimes Prevention Unit and Sh7 million recovered. They were picked up from Kisii and Kisumu where they are reported to have gone into hiding. Investigators claimed the police constable from the Spring Valley Police Station was arrested at his rural home in Seka village, Kendu Bay, yesterday and Sh3 million recovered. The money was hidden under a bed at his parents’ home. The Sunday Standard has learnt that he has only served in the police service for 13 months since he graduated from the Kenya Police College, Kiganjo. The officer is said to have traveled home on Friday evening without informing his superiors in Nairobi. Another police officer based in Thogoto AP camp was arrested in Kisii town yesterday noon. Police said they found Sh4 million in a bag in the boot of his car. He told police that he acquired the vehicle for Sh1.5 million, after the heist at the Standard Chartered bank in Nairobi West on Thursday. Sources familiar with the probe said the money was being moved to an ATM machine in Nairobi West. “The money was divided among the 20 people who had made the mission a success. They subdivided it in the forest, near the place the empty bags were recovered. There was no systematic method of sharing the loot. We learnt that the ring leader would snatch a bundle, weigh it in his hand and thrust to his colleagues ordering them to share it out,” an insider said. The gang members did not however receive equal share of the money as they were in a hurry to flee. “They were in such a hurry. They decided that the money that you find in a bag that you picked is what belongs to you,” an officer privy to the investigations told the Sunday Standard yesterday. Following the arrest of the two police officers focus has now shifted to other 17 suspects who include G4S and bank staff. The two officers who are believed to have been planning to escape to Uganda are in Nairobi for questioning. So far eight suspects are in police custody in connection with the heist.
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