The audacious Wells Fargo Heist turned out to be short-lived. The DCI released a statement on November 12, 2023 detailing the arrest of four suspects linked to the heist. The arrests come barely a week after the the over Sh94 million theft. Authorities also recovered Ksh 9.1 Million.
“Four men connected to the theft of cash in transit by known Wells Fargo staffers on November 6, have been arrested in different parts of Nairobi, and Sh9 million believed to be part of the proceeds recovered.”The DCI stated.
The Wells Fargo Heist began on November 6, 2023 at 6AM. Wells Fargo employees Daniel Mungai Mugetha and Anthony Nduiki Waigumo vanished with Ksh 94,918,750. The money was cash in transit collected from Quickmart supermarket. The duo left Wells Fargo’s South C offices without the customary police escort..
Getaway Vehicle Recovered
Meet Ismael Patrick Gitonga- getaway driver extraordinaire. He chauffeured Mugetha and Nduiki, in his Toyota Fielder.
“Ismael Patrick Gitonga is believed to be the driver and accomplice who ferried Wells Fargo crew Mugetha, Nduiki and the stolen Sh94, 918,750 from the company truck in South C using his Toyota Fielder Reg no. KBM 751W.”The Detectives wrote.
Detectives then traced the getaway vehicle to Njiru in Kayole. They arrested Michael Matoro Njeru and Samuel Onyango. The duo was caught red-handed modifying the vehicle. Investigators impounded the Toyota Fielder as evidence.
“The hawkshaws extended their investigations to Njiru area in Kayole where they traced the motorvehicle in the hands of Michael Matoro Njeru and Samuel Onyango, who were ambushed hands-on-tools modifying the vehicle for concealment. The two were equally cuffed and the vehicle detained”.Detectives wrote in part.
Another Culprit Arrested
Subsequently, detectives apprehended the fourth suspect, Martin Nderi Ng’ang’a. They recovered Sh9.1 million in cash concealed in his rented house at Roysambu.
“Moments after a brief interrogation, detectives revved to a spot near the Thika Road Mall in Roysambu, where the 4th suspect – Martin Nderi Ng’ang’a – was arrested. He led the detectives to his rented house still in Roysambu, where a search therein saw the recovery of Sh9.1 million in cash.”The DCI stated.
Following the arrests, investigators also discovered the cash box. It was at a forest in Karen, near Gataka Market. The forest, according to Detectives, is where the suspects divided their loot before fleeing.