DCI Investigators have achieved a breakthrough in the pursuit of Ksh94.9 million, reportedly stolen by Wells Fargo company employees, funds earmarked for Quickmart Supermarket and in transit to Family Bank.
The Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) announced on Sunday that they have recovered Ksh.9.1 million of the stolen amount and apprehended four individuals connected to the intricate crime.
According to a statement from the DCI, Ismael Patrick Gitonga, the owner and driver of motor vehicle registration number KBM 751W Fielder suspected to have been used in transporting the stolen cash from the escort van, was arrested within Rongai.
The motor vehicle was traced to Njiru within the Kayole area, where two additional suspects, Michael Matolo Njeru and Samwel Onyango, were apprehended while in the process of altering it, possibly to conceal its identity.
In Kasarani, detectives seized Martin Nderi Nganga, who was found in possession of Ksh.9.1 million at his rented residence.
The money was discovered in a suitcase and another in a plastic jerrycan, as depicted in photos shared by the DCI.
Further investigations led to the recovery of a cashbox in a forest near Gataka market in Karen Estate.
The remaining cash
Despite these developments, police are intensifying efforts to locate, apprehend, and recover the remaining stolen cash.
The case is currently before the court, and the Regional Criminal Investigations Office Nairobi is actively continuing its investigations.
The report outlines that Wells Fargo employees Daniel Mungai Mugetha, the crew commander, and driver Anthony Nduiki Waigumo allegedly executed their plan.
They did so by discreetly taking their mission car from the company’s Nairobi offices at 6 am on Monday, immediately after loading the money box.
They abandoned the vehicle at Dafarm in South C, Nairobi, and subsequently fled to undisclosed locations, leaving behind the awaiting police escort car.
The intended destination of the truck was a bank on Kenyatta Avenue in Nairobi for the deposit, as detailed in the company’s Investigations Manager’s report.