Guns stolen from APs guarding Prime Bank during robbery recovered at Kiambu Hospital

George Kinoti
Two guns stolen from AP officers during Prime Bank robbery along Mombasa Road. [Photo:Star]

Two guns grabbed from two Administration Police (AP) officers guarding Prime Bank, Mombasa Road branch were recovered on Tuesday at Kiambu Level Five Hospital.

A Babs Security guard said an unknown man walked into the hospital carrying a sack. He dumped the guns here on Monday at 9:35 pm.

The guard in his statement to the police said that he saw the man opening the gate and threw the sack to the ground.

He then fled using a standby motorcycle.

“The firearms were dropped by a motorbike pillion passenger outside Kiambu Hospital’s gate, shortly before the motorbike disappeared into the darkness,” DCI boss George Kinoti said.

Investigations by police identified the two firearms as Scorpion submachine guns which had been reported missing by AP officers in Embakasi.

Scorpion SMG serial number KE AP-B406260  has 22 bullets and the second one – SMG serial number KE AP C249393 – had 15 bullets.

The Prime Bank heist took place on Monday at 2:45 pm. Six armed robbers stormed the bank premises and stole two cash boxes with an amount of money yet to be disclosed.

They timed as the banks money transit lorry entered the bank’s premises according to Prime Bank Chief Security officer, Ephantus Mwaniki.

They then proceeded to disarm two AP officers; Corporal Mohammed Hassan and Corporal Eunice Syengo who were guarding the bank.

After this, one of the bank’s teller Peter Kimanthi was confronted by the pistol wielding robbers who took off with the cash box.

“ The robbers then entered the mobile Prime Bank banking truck registration number KCR 219J and took away two cash cassettes (boxes) containing unknown amount of money,” Embakasi police boss said.

However, two of the robbers escaped in a motorcycle while the other escaped on foot.

The two police officers attached to Critical Infrastructure Protection Unit and the bank’s cashier have been arrested.

“The two are currently undergoing investigative interviewing to establish how they also lost two firearms with a total of 60 rounds of ammunition in the heist,” Kinoti said on Tuesday.