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Five suspects seized in abortive Sh28M bank heist, among them a police officer

Police officers in Busia have arrested five suspects who on Friday unsuccessfully attempted to defraud the Kenya Commercial Bank, Busia branch of Sh28.5 million.

Speaking to the press in his office on Sunday, Busia County Police Commander John Nyoike said the suspects were arrested following a tip off from the KCB Busia branch Manager.

“On Friday July 3, 2020, at around 6pm, it was reported by Christopher Murkomen, who is the KCB Branch manager that there were people who had presented large transaction forms to withdraw an unusually large amount of cash in millions from the bank,” Nyoike said.

Nyoike said the Bank Manager’s suspicions were aroused when the clients presented a different National Identity card from that of the account holder and immediately alerted police.

“Police officers and DCI detectives rushed to the scene and arrested the three suspects,” Nyoike said adding that two other accomplices including a police officer have also been arrested and are locked up in police custody awaiting to be arraigned in court on Monday.

He urged residents to be wary of people who have developed a habit of withdrawing money from dormant bank accounts.

“It is advisable that account holders should frequently check their accounts just to ensure that their money is safe,” he said.

The County police boss further said that the main suspect has a similar case in Kisumu and the officers will hand him over immediately they are through with him.

“This is the first case of its kind we have encountered in Busia and we will not relent to arrest those engaging in such crafty deals,” he affirmed.

By Salome Alwanda

 

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