equityFive suspected burglars were on Monday charged with the theft of Sh28 million from Equity Bank Kayole branch.

The five: James Kamau, Jonah Ngei, Simon Muhoro, Zablon Motari and Dominic Nyaribo were accused of breaking into the bank and stealing a sum of Sh28,133,242.

Jonah Ngei and Zablon Motari faced an additional charge of failing to use all means reasonable to prevent the November 5 and 6 heist.

Ngei was the signaler at Wells Fargo security head office, responsible for monitoring and reporting major alarms to the police and Equity Bank management while Motari was a G4S guard at the bank.

Dominic Nyaribo was further charged with dishonestly retaining Sh490,000 believed to have been stolen from the bank. He was arrested with the cash on November 21 at Githurai 45.

Nyaribo also had a new television set in his house believed to have been bought with the stolen cash.

The five denied the charges before senior principal magistrate Eveline Olwande.

Four of the suspects were released on a cash bail of Sh2 million each and a surety of similar amount while James Kamau was remanded at industrial area prison as he faced a similar charge in a Milimani court.