Grandmother Arrested in Ksh72M Bank Heist Money Trail

  • Sixty-year-old Mary Kyalo and her grandson John Kamau Mulei arrested in connection with Ksh72 million bank heist. File
  • Detectives from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) on Monday, September 16, arrested two more suspects in connection with the Ksh72 million bank heist.

    John Kamau Mulei was arrested on the night of Sunday, September 15, at Muumaandu in Machakos County by detectives from the Special Crime Prevention Unit (SCPU), before leading the detectives to the house of his 60-year-old grandmother Mary Kyalo at Kalumoni.

    Reports by DCI disclosed that Ksh2,389,000 was recovered at the granny's house in Machakos County. The grandmother was also arrested by the DCI. 

    Money recovered in 60-year-old Mary Kyalo's house. She was arrested alongside her grandson  John Kamau Mulei.
    Money recovered in 60-year-old Mary Kyalo's house. She was arrested alongside her grandson John Kamau Mulei.

    More reports by DCI stated that Mulei was the brother to another suspect,  Bernard Mwendwa, a G4S officer who was arrested on Thursday, September 12, for also being part of the gang that orchestrated the heist.

    Ms. Kyalo, will on Monday morning be grilled by the detectives as police try to establish whether she played any role in the bank heist.

    Officers are still combing the scene as further investigations continue.

    On Thursday morning, September 5, thieves posing as police officers made away with Ksh 72 million.

    It is alleged that the impostors stole the money from G4S personnel and an ATM belonging to Standard Chartered Bank in Nairobi West.

    According to Daily Nation, police officers stated that part of the money was stolen, while being transported in a van by G4S employees.

    They were later arrested on Friday, September 6, and two of the suspects arrested with Ksh7 million turned out to be police officers.

    On September 11, the suspects were relesed on Ksh1 million bond despite the prosecution opposing their release claiming that they were likely to interfere with investigations.

    “The state has no right to interfere with the fundamental rights of accused persons,” stated the defence. 

    In his ruling, chief magistrate Francis Andayi disclosed that he was unsatisfied with the reasons given by the state for their further detention and asked the six suspects to report daily for the next seven days to the DCI.

    The suspects released include Chris Machogi, Duncan Kaveshi Luvunga, Boniface Mutua, Vincent Owuor, Alex Mutuku, and Francis Muriuki.

    This was after claims by the suspects that they had been tortured by flying squad officers to confess to the crimes.

    The case will be mentioned on September 23.

    Money recovered at suspects house in Machakos County. The two, Money recovered in 60-year-old Mary Kyalo's house. She was arrested alongside her grandson  John Kamau Mulei and Mary Kyalo were arrested in connection with the Ksh72 million bank heist.
    Money recovered in 60-year-old Mary Kyalo's house. She was arrested alongside her grandson John Kamau in connection with the Ksh72 million bank heist.

    Bags in which 2.3 million was hidden by the suspects,  John Kamau Mulei and his grandmother Mary Kyalo.
    Bags in which the Ksh2.3 million was hidden by the two suspects, John Kamau Mulei and his grandmother Mary Kyalo.