Two cops being probed over Prime Bank heist


Two cops being probed over Prime Bank heist

Detectives are holding two police officers following a bank robbery that occurred at Prime Bank on Monday afternoon.

The duo are attached to the Critical Infrastructure Protection Unit.

A police report seen by Citizen Digital revealed that the two cops were guarding a Prime Bank mobile truck that was parked at Hypermart Ltd at 2:45pm.

“They were confronted by a six man gang all armed with pistols who immediately robbed them of the two firearms,” report reads.

One security guard was injured on the right arm and the gunmen are said to have stolen an unknown amount of money from a cashier at the bank.

Two of the suspects apparently escaped aboard two motorcycles while the other four left the scene on foot.

According to the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI), the two cops are being interrogated to establish how the Prime Bank heist occurred.

The cashier at the Mombasa road-based bank is also assisting detectives with investigations.

The two firearms that are said to have disappeared during the incident have since been recovered.

“The firearms were dropped by a motorbike pillion passenger outside Kiambu Hospital gate, shortly before the motorbike disappeared into darkness,” the DCI said.

In July last year, detectives arrested five suspects including a police officer in a botched bank heist in Busia town.

Three suspects were arrested inside the Kenya Commercial Bank, Busia town branch as they tried to withdraw Ksh. 28.5million from someone’s account.

Two others were later arrested in Ahero, Kisumu County as they tried to escape  from the police.

According to police, the suspects presented a fake ID card not reflective of the account owners raising suspicion.

“The bank manager alerted the police and they immediately visited the area and arrested the suspects,” said Busia County Commander John Nyoike.

The suspects were identified as Bhavin Ramesh and Vijay Jamnaday, who presented themselves as clients, Desmond Lusweti, their assistant, Police constable Kipkirui Tanui, attached to the Wilson Airport Police Station in Nairobi and Alex Kimeli who was identified as a businessman.

Three of the suspects; Ramesh, Jamnaday and Lusweti, alighted from the vehicle they were traveling in, suspected to have come from Nairobi, and headed to the bank to effect the fraudulent transaction while police constable Kipkirui and businessman Kimeli waited for their kill in the standby car.

 

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