Equity Bank

The Equity Bank branch in Kayole, Nairobi was broken into on Saturday night by suspected robbers who looked to have made away with millions.

The robbers are said to have gained access into the building by drilling a hole into the wall behind the building.

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Nairobi Police Chief Japheth Koome confirmed the incident, saying they were informed on Sunday at about 3 pm – long after the robbery.

He revealed that the robbers disabled CCTV and alarm systems in the banks and that the investigations were leaning towards the robbery being an inside job due to the precision of the attack.

The unknown number of robbers broke into the strong room where they managed to break into two huge safes before making away with an unknown amount of money.

Two gas cylinders, used to burn and break the safes to access the cash, were found abandoned in the building.

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An accurate amount of what was made away with is unknown but the cash in the bank was the weekend’s collection which could run into millions of shillings.

”Equity Bank headquarters detected unusual activities at the Kayole branch and raised the manager who went to check and realized the strong room had been tampered with and cash stolen,” said Koome.

The security guard on duty at the time covered the main entrance, not realizing what was happening inside the bank. Koome said the guard was later arrested and is helping with investigations.

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Bank officials are yet to record statements but have began to reconcile their books to establish the amount of money stolen as investigations into the robbery continue.

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