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Sherehe tuu! Security guard accused of theft went on shopping spree

By Joseph Ndunda September 13th, 2022 1 min read

A security guard who went on a shopping spree after gaining unauthorized entry to a city supermarket’s cash office and allegedly stealing Sh742, 000 is battling theft charges.

Bernard Gekonge is accused of stealing the cash at Carrefour supermarket at Nextgen Mall along Mombasa road in Nairobi on August 25, 2022.

The actions are contrary to section 268 as read with section 275 of the penal code.

Gekonge is facing an additional charge of handling stolen goods contrary to section 322 of the penal code after he was found with Sh5,055 suspected to be part of the loot.

He is accused of retaining the cash in the course of stealing knowing or having reasons to believe the same to be stolen money.

The accused person is alleged to have accessed the office at night and stole the cash in an incident captured by CCTV cameras installed within the premises.

He then absconded duty and switched off his phone and the matter was reported at the Langata police station where the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) took over.

The DCI’s Criminal Research and Intelligence Bureau (CRIB) traced him to Keroka township in Kisii county where he was arrested.

Brand new household items including furniture, electronics, and beddings were recovered from his house as proceeds of crime.

He had just purchased the items.

Gekonge denied the charges at the Kibera law courts.

He was released on a cash bail of Sh500, 000 and an alternative bond of Sh100, 000.

The case will be mentioned on September 22 for a pre-trial and fixing of hearing dates.

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