Ex-security guard arraigned in court for breaking in Thika Equity branch.

Vincent Marewa Munene, 27, before a Thika court where he was charged with breaking into the bank building with intent to commit a felony contrary to section 307 of the penal code.

The police have been allowed by a Thika Court to hold for two days, a suspect arrested over an attempt to steal from Equity Bank, Thika branch on Sunday night.

Appearing before Chief Magistrate Theresa Murigi on Monday morning, Vincent Marewa Munene, 27, was charged with breaking into the bank building with intent to commit a felony contrary to section 307 of the penal code.

Marewa, who is a former security guard in an adjacent building along Commercial Street Thika, has been accused of breaking into the bank between 7th and 8th April 2017 using a hacksaw to cut through the metal grill with intent to steal.

State counsel Minoo Maundu pleaded with the court to allow the prosecution more time to probe the matter, a plea that was granted.

Marewa however pleaded not guilty to the charges and the case will be heard on 11th April 2018.
According to the police sources, the suspect was detected by bank’s CCTV cameras some minutes past midnight having already gained entry into the bank. The management notified the police who immediately combed the area and arrested him before he gaining entry into the institution’s safe.

He is believed to have gained entry from the bank’s roof.

This attempt happens barely four months after the daring KES. 52 million Kenya Commercial Bank (KCB) Thika Branch heist.

On November 20th 2017, the bank discovered that thugs had dug a 2.5 feet wide tunnel to the strong room of the KCB from a building adjoining the bank's store locker room. Reports suggest the tunnel was about 30 metres long and was about 1.5 meters high.

Four suspects of the robbery are currently out on a Sh2 million bond each.

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