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Gang raids Nyeri bank

20 September 2012, 12:27 Francis Felipe

Four robbers on Tuesday raided a bank in Nyeri and made away with KES5.2 million. Armed with knives,it was reported that  they  arrived at K-Rep Bank along Nyeri’s Kanisa road in a Toyota car.

The four had posed as customers intending to open an account at the bank at around 4pm.Later sneaking into tellers’ section and ordered staff on duty to lie down.

They made away with KES5.2 million and left behind a gunny bag containing some KES7.5 million that had been received at the bank at around noon.

Nyeri OCPD Kirunya Limbitu,  accompanied by the Central PPO Francis Munyambu, could not rule out if it was an inside job in the heist as the staff could not explain how some money delivered for accounting at noon had not been accounted for and deposited with the Central Bank of Kenya (CBK) Nyeri branch by 4 pm.

“The initial report we received at around 4.30pm is that the gang was armed with a rifle, a pistol and knives, but after reviewing CCTV clips, we have not seen an indicator of a firearm. We have just recovered the Sh7.5 million that was supposed to be counted and deposited with CBK near the money counting machine,” said Limbitu.

He observed that the bank staff claimed the total amount that was received from other bank branches in Kerugoya was Sh12.7 million: “But the gang left behind the Sh7.5 million gunny bag”.

No injury was reported during the 4.10 pm incident, while staff did not report any confrontations with the four men. “We are investigating to see whether it could be an inside job,” said Limbitu.

A senior police officer at the scene said the bank does not hire services of armed policemen, and only relies on guards from security firms.

“We also wonder why the so-called customers were not frisked when entering the bank,” said the officer.

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