Guard in custody after Sh45m vanished in transit

August 8, 2012 12:39 pm
Cases of cash-in-transit theft have been on the rise in recent years, where guards allegedly collude with police officers to steal money before it reaches its destination/ FILE

, NAIROBI, Kenya, Aug 8 – A guard arrested in connection with the loss of an estimated Sh45 million that was on transit from Eldoret to Nairobi was to be arraigned in court Wednesday afternoon.

The suspect was escorting the money from Eldoret Airport to Nairobi via Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) when he claims the money was robbed on Tuesday evening.

Police say that the money belongs to the Bank of Africa and was to be picked up from JKIA by armed police officers and guards from Wells Fargo.

Police and officials from Wells Fargo officials said that the guard had been escorted to Airport in Eldoret by armed police before he boarded the plane to Nairobi.

He was supposed to be picked up by the escort at an agreed gate. It is unclear if he had used a different gate to leave the airport other than the one they had agreed.

The suspect has however told police he was kidnapped by unknown gunmen upon arrival at JKIA and later dumped in Karen area.

He presented himself at the Karen Police Station where he reported that he was kidnapped and robbed off the money.

Initial investigations revealed that the suspect, while still in Eldoret, had made a call using his mobile phone and switched it off. He later switched it on near Karen Police Station.

Criminal Investigations Director Ndegwa Muhoro confirmed the incident and insisted that police will seek to ascertain how the money went missing.

“Officers are reviewing CCTV recordings to see how the suspect moved out of the airport,” said Muhoro.

Police say the incident could be an inside job.

The incident came weeks after a gang broke into Chase Bank headquarters in Nairobi and robbed more than Sh25 million.

Two suspects have since been arrested and charged in court over the incident.


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