Police arrest a fourth suspect in connection to the Sh. 52m KCB heist.

Undercover police officers arrested a middle-aged man in connection with the Kenya Commercial Bank (KCB) Thika Branch KES. 52 million heist, bringing to four the number of suspects that have been arrested so far.

During the weekend operation, police fished out Shem Karani Kirimi from his hide out in Mombasa after being on their radar for a while.

Shem is said to be a student at Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT).

Thika West OCPD Willy Simba said that the suspect had been presented before a Thika court Monday where police successfully asked for more time to hold him.

The court allowed them to hold him at the Thika Police Station until Wednesday as police continue with the investigation.

"We have made another arrest in connection with the investigation into last month’s robbery incident at KCB Thika Branch. However, the police did not recover any money from the suspect even though we are still pursuing the matter to ensure we recover every coin,” said Simba.

He warned that the police will hunt down all those who were involved in the robbery to the last man adding that their pursuit was bearing very positive results.

Three men, among them two brothers, were last week released on bond by the same court in connection to the same theft.

While making her ruling, Chief Magistrate Theresa Murigi ordered that each of the accused be released on a bond of Sh. 4 million with a surety of similar amount. She also ordered them to deposit their passports with the court.

Halford Munene Murakaru (32), his brother Charles Mwangi Murakaru (30) and Julius Ndung’u Wainaina (30) all denied two counts of breaking into the bank, stealing and handling stolen cash.

The trio have been accused that between November 18th and 20th this year, they broke into the Kenya Commercial Bank Thika branch through an underground tunnel and stole Ksh. 52,650,000.

They faced a second count that on November 25 at Joyland estate of Juja Township, Kiambu County, they were found in possession of Ksh. 17,135,000, 3,660 Euros, 340 pound sterling, 1,311 US dollars 271,000 Tanzanian shillings, 95 Australian dollars, 40 SA Rand and 20,000 Ugandan shillings stolen from the bank.

The case will be heard on March 29th 2018 while the mention will be on December 14, 2017.
Munene is said to be a graduate with a bachelor’s degree in agricultural engineering from Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology while Ndung’u graduated with a degree in electrical and electronics engineering from the University of Nairobi.

Mwangi declined to disclose to the police the university he went to, although he is a holder of a bachelor’s degree in agricultural engineering, and, together with his brother, they are reported to have studied at Nyeri High School where they scored As. 

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