Four cops, two civilians in Sh2.2 million theft case in Utawala detained for four days

Milimani Law Courts in Nairobi has allowed DCI to detain four police officers and two civilians who were last week arrested over theft of Sh2.2 million for four days pending conclusion of investigations over the said robbery.

The Directorate of Criminal Investigations on Friday asked a Nairobi magistrate court to allow detectives to detain the suspects for 14 days pending the conclusion of investigations.

The suspects are Sergent Antony Ndegwa Anwal, Corporal Daniel Lekakeny Sunkuli, Constable Simon Macharia Maina, and Constable Antony Mwenda, all police officers attached to Kasarani police station.

The others are Lukas Magwaga and Young Wakise.

They are facing three counts of stealing from a locked motor vehicle, conspiracy to commit a felony, and handling stolen property.

The suspects were arrested on June 6, 2024 at Kasarani Police Station public parking by a team of DCI officers from Nairobi Area and Kayole.

The complainant in the matter is one Victor Peter Owino who is an accountant at Rophine International School who made a withdrawal of Sh 2,361,000 at Family Bank Utawala branch on June 3, 2024, which was meant to pay casual workers.

After the withdrawal of the money, Owino proceeded to the school which is located within Mihang’o while driving motor Vehicle registration number KCE 535L Toyota Axio and parked outside the school compound and went inside the school with Sh 161,000 leaving the rest of the money in the car which he locked safely,

“Minutes later, Omondi went for the remaining Sh 2,200,000 but found it missing in the car.”

The complainant went on to Mihang’o Police Station and reported the matter.

On retrieval of the school CCTV cameras, footage showed that a motor vehicle registration number KCR 595D saloon, silver in colour with three occupants who were seen alighting and gaining access in to Omondi’s car and made away with the brown envelope believed to be containing the money.

During the time of arrest, a search was conducted and the suspects had a total of Sh 468,000 which is suspected to be part of the money stolen and the inventory of the same was signed.

The four police officers were not on official duty.

After the arrest of Magoiga and Wakhisi in Ruai and Huruma respectively, there was no entries made in the Occurrence Book and they did non their in charge (DCIO Kasarani).

The officer told the court that, the extension of f days sought will allow him to complete Investigations.

The officer said that, they are yet to apprehend other suspects who are at large and well known to them and also recovering the motor vehicle used in the commission of the offence,

“We are also in persuit to recover the remaining amount and also identity the M-Pesa shops where the money was allegedly deposited for statements recording,” said the officer.

He also told the court that the retrieval of the CCTV images are yet to be analysed by experts from DCI Headquarters for the purpose of comparing and identifying the suspects.

The four respondents being police officers attached to investigation departments might interfere with the investigations since they have the knowledge of the whole process hence releasing them might interfere with the investigation,

The court was further told that Wakhisi and Magoiga does not have a known place of abode and he feared releasing them might go in to hiding and delayed the process.

In his ruling, the magistrate ordered the four police officers be detained at Kayole Police Station and the other two at Ruai Police Station waiting for the ruling on the plea by the Investigating officer.