DCI detectives probe Sunday theft at Equity Bank’s Kayole branch
Kayole police boss says police found the CCTVs in the bank disabled and alarm system deactivated
Detectives are investigating how suspected burglars broke into Equity Bank in Kayole on Saturday night and stole an unknown amount of money.
In a well-schemed and perfectly executed theft, the suspects gained entry through the house next to the premises, drilled a hole into the bank’s wall to gain entry without the knowledge of the Wells Fargo security guards manning it.
The guards learnt about the incident at 11am on Sunday, when detectives from Kayole visited the scene. The detectives arrested a Jamka Security Services staffer, identified as Mwangi. He was guarding the premises next to the bank.
The guards and neighbours did not hear any commotion. But Hillary Gatimo, a caretaker of the adjacent building, said the alarm rang that evening.
“I was here at 8pm when the alarm went off. Everyone was here and we didn’t suspect anything. I asked the guards if there was a problem and they had not noticed anything,” Gatimo said. “Yesterday [Sunday] my daughter called at about 11am to tell me there were many police officers outside the premises.”
The house that borders the bank had remained closed with a padlock from outside since last month. It is said a man rented to set up a photocopier shop.
“Police in the company of the bank manager broke the door into the house only to find a section of the wall adjacent to the bank’s rear wall was partly demolished,” Gatimo said.
Grinders, a gas cylinder, mallets and chisels were found in the bank’s hall next to the two safes that were shattered.
It is not known when the burglary started. The owner of an adjacent optical shop also heard nothing.
“I rented the premises to the optician two years ago. I didn’t even know when he subdivided and sublet a section of it to the man who was to move in last month, but he paid rent,” Gatimo said. A worker at the optician’s shop is among the several people questioned by DCI officers.
Kayole police boss Joseph Gichangi said police found the CCTV in the bank disabled and alarm system deactivated.
New safes arrive at Equity Bank, Kayole branch, after burglars raided it on Sunday night and made away with an unknown amount of money