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Police make headway in recovering Sh72 million ATM heist as two police officers are arrested

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BY JOAN WANJIKU,NAIROBI,7TH SEPT,2019-Special Crime Prevention Unit officers have arrested two police officer in Kisii town and Kendu Bay and recovered Sh7 million in the ongoing probe on Sh72 million ATM heist.

The two, an administration officer and his general duty colleague, are believed to be part of a gang that conspired to steal the money during a routine replenishing of Standard Chartered Bank’s ATM in Nairobi West.

Director of Criminal Investigations Director George Kinoti on Saturday the first suspect, Chris Ayenda Machogu, led the police from Kisii town to Kendu Bay where detectives arrested his accomplice Vincent Wycliff Owuor .

Police officer also recovered a  Subaru believed to have been acquired from proceeds of the stolen cash  from the two.

On Thursday morning, men posing as police officers stole 13 bags of money worth Sh72 million, from the Standard Chartered Bank and G4S in Nairobi.

The money was in transit from G4S headquarters along Witu road to an ATM in Nairobi West belonging to Standard Chartered Bank.

G4S Head of Escort, Wilfred Nyambane, reported that the G4S employees had left the headquarters in two vehicles with three men they thought to be cash-in-transit officers escorting them.

“The officers who were escorting the cash turned out to be robbers and demanded all their phones and offloaded the cash to another car make Toyota Noah that emerged and they made away with 13 bags of cash with roughly Sh72 million,” police said on Thursday.

There have been an increased number of robberies targeting ATM facilities in recent months.

 

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