“He has been living here, even though I did not see him when he arrived,” said a businessman in an adjacent building. “The premises are usually used for business but he lived there.”
He said he never saw anyone visit the neighbour, whose name he never bothered to ask as he was a loner.
Another neighbour said the man, probably in his 30s, liked to wear a pair of jeans and jerseys branded with different football club colours.
Police suspect the unidentified man had been drilling the shared wall, and when he finally created a hole that was big enough, he and his accomplices entered the bank. They broke into the strongroom and made away with the money kept in two huge safes.
As this happened, the security guard from the G4S was manning the bank’s entrance, oblivious of the theft that police suspect took over 10 hours.
And although the theft extended to Sunday morning, the branch manager, Mr Crispo Maina, said they learnt of it at around 3pm.
In his report at the police station, he said the ICT department at the bank’s head office had alerted him that the ATM signal at the branch was down. Another employee, Mr Simon Kamau, was then sent to check on it and reported that the PIN pad at the entrance of the bank had been tampered with.
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