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G4S employee arrested over ATM heist, Sh1mn found in his father-in-law’s home

Police dug out Sh1 million from a a shallow hole at a homestead in Western Kenya. /COURTESY.

NAIROBI, Kenya Sep 16 – An employee at G4S security company was arrested Monday over the Sh72 million Standard Chartered Bank ATM heist, and some of the money recovered from him.

Benard Sewanga, an employee of G4S Security Company was arrested in Ruiru, and led detectives to his father-in-law’s house in Lurambi, Kakamega County, where Sh1 million was recovered.

“The money was found buried in a shallow hole at his father-in-law’s house,” said George Kinoti, the Director of Criminal Investigations (DCI), “It was covered in a black bag.”

He said the suspect was escorted back to Nairobi where he will face charges alongside his accomplice who was arrested early Monday, and Sh2.8 million part of the loot seized.

He was identified as John Kamau Mulei, a brother to Bernard Mwendwa—another suspect who was picked up on Thursday, Kinoti said.

“We have the suspect in custody and money has been recovered from him, a total of Sh2.8 million,” Kinoti said of the arrest by the Special Crime Prevention Unit (SPCU) officers.

He said the officers were led to Kalumoni in Machakos County where the money was recovered in the house of the two suspects’ grandmother.

“No criminal will rest or have peace after committing a crime,” Kinoti declared.

The two Monday arrests brings to close to close to Sh11 million the amount of money recovered so far, after three Administration Police officers were arrested two weeks ago with a total of Sh7 million.

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Part of the cash recovered from the suspect in Machakos. /COURTESY.

The three have since been charged with others including, mechanics, bank staff and G4S officials linked to the robbery that occurred in Nairobi West’s Standard Chartered Bank ATM.

Mechanics were arrested as they painted a vehicle believed to have been stolen and used to transport the money.

The money was stolen when police officers assigned to escort G4S staff with the money, turned to be robbers and stole 13 bags with Sh72 million which was being replenished into a Standard Chartered Bank ATM.

7 G4S officials who were with the officers who were escorting them claimed that they were ordered to surrender the money as soon as they arrived at the ATM at 6am.

But they were all arrested and charged.

Empty cash boxes were on Friday morning found in a coffee plantation in Ruiru.


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