Barclays Bank Sh11m ATM heist was an inside job, Kinoti says

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Investigation into the Barclays Bank Sh11 million ATM heist over the Easter weekend is almost complete, Director of Criminal Investigations (DCI) George Kinoti has said.

Mr Kinoti said investigations reveal the robbery was an inside job. He added that the case will soon be handed over to the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) Noordin Haji.

“Very soon the DPP will be using a comprehensive statement on the case and I request him to go hard on this,” said Mr Kinoti.

Speaking in Mombasa Thursday, Mr Kinoti termed the thefts as a “constructive robbery done by their own people”.

“They know what exactly happened. The outsiders were just conduits who facilitated operation. We are going to put this bare to the public,” said Mr Kinoti.

The DCI boss said several people linked to the thefts have been arrested and police are targeting more suspects.

On Monday, detectives detained five employees from the bank and G4S security group.

The five were arrested on Mama Ngina Street where the fourth robbery is said to have taken place.

Among the issues the detectives want to understand is how the four ATMs were broken into without the security guards, who are normally located within the premises, noticing.

The robberies were all reported more than 24 hours after they happened, raising questions on the possible involvement of the security guards.

Another issue the detectives want to understand is how the ATMs were all robbed hours after being reloaded with money.

Additionally, Barclays is under pressure to explain why two of the ATMs did not have CCTV cameras.

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