Githeri gangsters cart away millions from Habib Bank
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In Kenyaâs latest daring bank heist, robbers stole as yet uncounted millions from Habib Bank on Koinange Street at the weekend. But they took their time to eat githeri, beef, rice, chicken and chips.
They left behind Sh41 million because their welding torches could not open the strong room. They are believed to have spent 24 hours in the bank and they did extensive damage with their torches, police said.
The heist was not discovered until yesterday morning when staff arrived and found the safes broken into. There wasnât much evidence, except bits of food â" and the criminals almost certainly wore gloves. There are unlikely to be fingerprints.
Police were shocked at the sophistication of the robbery. DCI chief Ireri Kamwende and Nairobi Police Chief Joseph ole Tito visited the bank as investigations and staff questioning began.
Tito told journalist that by yesterday afternoon the bank was still reconciling its books to determine the amount stolen. He said the sum would be announced.
âThis was well-planned and executed and an easy job for the criminals,â Tito said. Police said the criminals gained access to the bank through a rear door; it was not known if the door was forced or a key was used. They went to the second floor where the y disabled the alarm system and tossed blankets over CCTV cameras before they destroyed them.
Then they used gas welding torches to open safes but not the strong room. A welding torch was left behind. The number of robbers was not known and security guards were unaware until yesterday morning.
Police said collusion between bank staff and criminals could not be ruled out. In 2016, Equity bank in Kayole lost Sh26 million after robbers used similar tactics and welding torches to break into the bankâs safes. They were arrested.Video Vault Poll of the day Most Popular 1 Nasa stand-off as Raila refuses to yield ground 2 Three shortlisted for DPP post after Tobiko takes up CS job 3 Githeri gangsters cart away millions from Habib Bank 4 Barin go man lynched for 'having sex with cow', says girls have HIV 5 NASA legislators to end boycott, enrich debates, says Mbadi 6 Corridors of power 7 More than 400 traffic cops dismissed for failing vetting - Kavuludi 8 MPs wonât back down on motion to impeach CS Sicily 9 Nasa meeting: Mudavadi welcomes talks on 'extremely weighty matters' 10 Uhuru Appoints Five Nyachae Family Members, Sunkuli brothers to parastatal jobs Must read ICC elects UhuRuto cases judge Chile Eboe-Osuji as President Uhuru, Raila to start countrywide tours KPMG: Kidero team did not account for Sh21bn Is Raila-Uhuru MoU a prank under cover of Tillerson visit? Moi in Israeli hospital for medical check up Womenâs land rights ignored, survey shows Latest News Three shortlisted for DPP post after Tobiko takes up CS job Nigeria plans to ne gotiate for release of 110 abducted Dapchi girls Baringo man lynched for 'having sex with cow', says girls have HIV Uhuru Raila unity pact good for Kenya - Ojaamong Emilio Mugo sacked as KFS boss, Monica Kalenda appointed as replacement Court sets aside orders to evict Simmers owner from disputed land Popular in classifieds POPULAR SEARCHES IN THE STAR CLASSIFIEDS
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