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

The Star (Kenya) - - News - JOSEPH NDUNDA @Muthuin­dunda

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.

/JOSEPH NDUNDA

New safes ar­rive at Equity Bank, Kay­ole branch, af­ter bur­glars raided it on Sun­day night and made away with an un­known amount of money

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