- The criminals dug the tunnel from inside a stall opposite the Thika divisional police headquarters.
- Not even the police, stationed just 150 metres away from the bank, noticed any suspicious activity.
Robbers who appeared to have learnt from an American crime television series dug a 30-metre-long tunnel into a bank’s strongroom in Thika Town and stole more than Sh50 million.
The criminals dug the tunnel from inside a stall opposite the Thika divisional police headquarters, where they had been running a bookshop, through which they accessed the local Kenya Commercial Bank branch and stole the money.
Not even the police, stationed just 150 metres away from the bank, noticed any suspicious activity — until Monday morning, when the money was discovered missing by the branch manager, Mr Samuel Ng’ang’a.
Mr Ng’ang’a told the police that he noticed that something was amiss when he opened the bank’s vault.
“When the manager opened the strongroom, he smelt smoke and reported the matter to the police,” Kiambu police commander Adiel Nyange said.
Mr Nyange added that officers immediately rushed to the bank’s strongroom and noticed that the items stored there were in disarray.
They also found a hole that had been dug inside.
“The officers started checking a building adjacent to the bank. They eventually found a tunnel that was leading into the bank.
"It was then that the bank officials checked the safes and realised that slightly above Sh50 million had been stolen,” the police boss said.
The building, Friendly Exhibitions, hosts several stalls that include M-Pesa shops and bookshops.