Police in Kirinyaga County managed to foil a bank robbery at the Kenya Commercial Bank (KCB), Kerugoya branch on Sunday.
While confirming the incident, Kirinyaga Police Commander David Kirui said the armed criminals were nabbed after an alarm went on as they attempted to remove blocks from a wall adjacent to the bank premises.
“There was an attempt to break into the Kenya Commercial Bank but the alarm sounded and our officers who were on patrol quickly responded. The gangsters managed to escape but we are hunting them down,” said Kirui.
Kirui said the suspects are detained at Kerugoya police station awaiting to be arraigned in court. The police commander assured that security had been beefed up in all major towns in Kirinyaga during this festive season.
The incident comes barely a month after robbers walked away with Sh.50 million from a Kenya Commercial Bank, Thika branch , in one of the most daring bank robberies in recent Kenyan history.
In the incident, the robbers dug a underground tunnel for six months under the bank, which is located directly opposite Thika police station – and accessed the safe where they made away with the millions.
Four suspects have since been apprehended and charged in court in connection with the daring heist. Police also recovered Sh.17 million which was part of the Sh.50 million stolen from the bank on November 20th.