Gone are the days thugs used to rob banks at gun point. From the Barclays bank robbery on Easter Saturday night, it clearly indicates that thugs no longer need guns and crude weapon to open money vaults.
Emerging details reveal a very elaborate plan with which the thugs made away with over 11 million shillings. The daring thugs used the plan to rob the bank of the cash from four separate ATM machines in Nairobi Saturday night.
Home work well done
From initial investigantions, the thugs had done their homewrok very well. None of the ATM machnies targeted had functional surviallance cameras in place.
Different ATM points
For the Mutindwa Barclays bank ATM where over Sh 6 million was taken from, the CCTV camera at the point was not working.
At the South B ATM point however, the CCTV camera did not record anything visible. The thugs had smeared it with petroleum jelly, blurring the images captured.
Also stolen from was the Banks’ ATM at Kenyatta National Hospital. Here, they made away with 4 million Kenya shillings.
Barclays bank confirmed the robbery and promised to bring the perpetrators to book.
“We can confirm that there has been theft at 4 of our ATMs in Nairobi. We are working with the investigative authorities to ensure that the perpetrators are brought to justice,” read a statement from the Bank in part.
Barcyals bank on the spot
This is not the first time Barclays bank is on the spot over money. Recently, detectives recovered about 2 billion shillings in fake dollars. This was after a raid at one of the Bank’s branches in Nairobi’s CBD. Bank officials are among the suspects were arraigned in court over the fraud.
Reports on banking in Kenya indicate that Banks in the country lose anything between 15 and 16 million shillings to fraud every year.