Officers from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) have gunned down the suspected mastermind of last year’s Ksh.72 million Nairobi West ATM heist.
Wycliff Vincent Oduor was gunned down on Tuesday after a shootout between a three-man gang and DCI officers.
Police said they responded to a distress call from the victim who was being robbed by the gang at Kayole junction in Nairobi’s Kayole area.
The other two suspects escaped on a motorbike and are being pursued by police.
Through a tweet on the DCI’s official twitter account, the DCI said they recovered a pistol and a knife from the slain suspect.
“The Mastermind in Ksh.72M Nairobi West ATM Heist last year; Wycliff Vincent ODUOR was today gunned down in a fierce shootout between a 3-man gang of Robbery W/Violence suspects & Detectives responding to a distress call from the public at Kayole Junction in Nairobi. Armed with pistols & riding on a motorbike, the three started robbing members of public at the said location, a scene that attracted the attention of a team of Kayole detectives on patrol. The gang defied orders to surrender, engaging the officers in a fire exchange which left the said suspect down. The other two escaped on the motorbike but are being pursued. A Pistol & a kitchen knife recovered from the slain suspect.” Read the statement
Oduor had been arraigned and released on a Sh. 500, 000 bond.
In 2019, men posing as police officers stole 13 bags of money worth Sh72 million, from the Standard Chartered Bank and G4S in Nairobi.
The gang stole the cash in transit from the G4S headquarters along Witu road and an ATM in Nairobi West belonging to Standard Chartered Bank.