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Teacher arrested, found with Sh5m

BUSINESS
By | March 19th 2010

By Cyrus Ombati

A primary school teacher has been arrested and found with more than Sh5 million, which is part of the Sh313 million stolen by G4S staff in Mombasa last month.

The suspect was arrested on Thursday at a school in Katangi area, Yatta District, where Sh5.3 million in foreign currency was found kept in his office.

Also in custody is his sister, who police said was a prime suspect.

The suspects are this morning expected in a Mombasa court to face charges of handling stolen property.

Police handling the case said the two did not know how to change the money into local currency and were waiting for the matter to settle down before doing so.

"Our investigation shows the two participated in plotting the theft. So far we have found more than Sh5 million from an office and we are pursuing more," said an officer who requested not to be named.

This brings to eight the number of suspects who have been arrested and taken to court in connection with the cash theft.

Police had last week arrested a driver and recovered Sh500,000, which had been buried in his farm in the same area.

Detectives handling the case, drawn from the Special Crimes Prevention Unit and Mombasa and headed by Coast PCIO Reche Nyagah, said they are almost closing the case even though a huge part of the money was yet to be recovered.

Biggest recovery

On Thursday police were upbeat with the recovery and arrests. So far, police have recovered close to Sh90 million, which is the biggest recovery in the force’s history.

The theft happened on February 12 when G4S staff was escorting the money to a strong room.

Four people charged with stealing the money from G4S Security Company were on Friday released on a Sh20 million bond each with sureties in similar amount.

Senior Principal Magistrate Lillian Mutende freed Kitui Police Station Commandant Humphrey Kabanga Njau and his brother Patrick Karanja, as well as two G4S employees Sylvester Mbisi and Humphrey Wekesa Wanjala.

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