Ksh72 Million Heist Suspects Leave Trail

  • A police officer at the scene of the G4S ATM heist on Thursday, September 5. The suspects made off with Ksh72 million. File
  • 6 G4S guards who were arraigned over the loss of Ksh72 million to gangsters have been remanded on Friday for a further 7 days even as the authorities continue with the probe.

    This comes after police officers recovered trails of evidence that were left behind by suspects in the infamous Ksh72 million ATM heist, the Star reports.

    Police report that they recovered broken cash boxes, 13 bags used to cart away money from the Standard Chartered ATM and a G4S van at the Thogoto Forest in Kikuyu.

    Investigations in progress in the case of the Ksh72 million heist involving robbers masquerading as police officers.
    Investigations in progress in the case of the Ksh72 million heist involving robbers masquerading as police officers.

    The suspects, who masqueraded as police officers on Thursday, September 5, morning made off with 13 bags of money containing Ksh72 million.

    Police reportedly discovered the trail after some Kiambu County locals tipped them off at Kikuyu Police Station after they allegedly stumbled on the boxes.

    At the scene, The Star also reported, that they also found a broken phone, a SIM card nd a black G4S jacket.

    G4S head of Escort Wilfred Nyambane stated on Thursday that the G4S employees had left the headquarters in two vehicles with 3 men that they thought were to be cash-in-transit officers escorting them.

    “The officers who were escorting the cash turned out to be robbers and demanded all their phones and offloaded the cash to another car make Toyota Noah that emerged and they made away with 13 bags of cash with roughly Sh72 million,” he alleged.

    G4S officials told investigating officers that the imposters demanded the money on transit and Standard Chartered's ATM passwords where they withdrew millions of shillings in an incident that was reported at 8.00 am.

    In April this year, there was another heist at a bank in Nairobi where the robbers made off with Ksh11 million using a technique known as 'jackpotting'.

    Entrance to the DCI offices. DCI officers are conducting investigations surrounding the mind-boggling robbery.
    DCI officers are conducting investigations surrounding the Standard Chartered Ksh72 million robbery.

    In ATM jackpotting, thieves install malicious software and/or hardware at ATMs that force the machines to spit out huge volumes of cash on demand.

    The police ruled the case to be an inside job, and amongst those arrested was a police officer, George Gachungui Njoroge, who was apprehended by officers from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) headquarters on April 25.