Four police officers out of six arrested for allegedly stealing Sh2m in Utawala

Six suspects, including four police officers, who allegedly followed a school accountant from a bank in Utawala on Monday afternoon before breaking into his car and disappearing with Sh2.2 million, have been arrested.

The six were arrested by a combined team of detectives from the Nairobi DCI region and Kayole sub-county.

A total of Sh473,000 believed to be part of the stolen amount was allegedly recovered from the six, police said.

In the previous incident reported to the police, the accountant had withdrawn an amount in excess of the stolen Sh2.2 million, intended to pay casual workers at the said school.

Unknown to him, the suspects who were using a sedan pursued him from the moment he parked his car in front of the bank until he left with the load of cash.

The accountant then parked his car in front of the school, took a portion of the withdrawn sum, locked the car and entered the school premises. He told the police that he could not take the entire amount.

Minutes later, when he returned to pick up more cash, he found the car broken into and money missing.

A team of DCI officers from the Nairobi and Kayole region obtained crucial actionable intelligence and headed to the Utawala area in search of a suspect they had identified from CCTV analysis.

Upon arrival, the team learned that the suspect had been detained moments earlier by unknown individuals driving a Subaru car.

According to the police, further intelligence led the team to a police station, where the six were ambushed in a GK vehicle.

They were forced to identify themselves in the presence of the sub-county police commander, his deputy and the sub-county criminal investigation officer.

The DCI sub-county chief confirmed that the arrested officers were not carrying out official duties in Utawala or working under his instructions.

Following the search, Sh350,000 was found in the car and another Sh123,000 was recovered from his pockets.

Two other vehicles were detained.

All suspects were taken into custody while investigations continue.

Police say there have been cases of police officers being involved in crimes.

Authorities say they have internal mechanisms to deal with these types of incidents.

Nairobi police chief Adamson Bungei called the incident isolated and promised justice.

“We are treating all cases professionally,” he said.

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