Four suspects in Ksh.94.9M Wells Fargo heist arrested, Ksh.9.1M recovered

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A collage of the money recovered by DCI from Wells Fargo employees

Detectives have made a breakthrough in the pursuit of Ksh94.9 million allegedly stolen by employees of Wells Fargo company, money belonging to Quickmart Supermarket that was in transit to Family Bank. 

The Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) on Sunday said it has so far recovered Ksh.9.1 million of the stolen money and arrested four people involved in the complex crime.


In a statement, DCI said they arrested Ismael Patrick Gitonga within Rongai. He is the owner and driver of motor vehicle registration number KBM 751W Fielder suspected to have been used to ferry the stolen cash from the escort van.



The motor vehicle was traced to Njiru within Kayole area where two more suspects who were in the process of modifying it to possibly conceal its identity were arrested. The two are Michael Matolo Njeru and Samwel Onyango.




The detectives then pounced on Martin Nderi Nganga in Kasarani, who was found with the Ksh.9.1 million at his rented house.




The money was stashed in a suitcase and another in a plastic jerrycan, according to the photos shared by the DCI.



The detectives further recovered a cashbox in a forest next to Gataka market in Karen Estate.



Police say efforts to trace, arrest and recover the remaining stolen cash continue. The case is pending before court, as Regional Criminal Investigations Office Nairobi continues with investigations.



Wells Fargo employees Daniel Mungai Mugetha, the crew commander, and the driver Anthony Nduiki Waigumo are said to have sneaked their mission car out of the company’s Nairobi offices at 6 am on Monday shortly after the money box was loaded, leaving behind the police escort car that was waiting to be flagged off.




The truck was destined for a bank located at Kenyatta Avenue in Nairobi to deposit the money, according to a report by the company’s Investigations Manager.


The duo then dumped the vehicle at Dafarm in South C, Nairobi before fleeing into their hideouts.




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