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Burglars spend hours drilling hole on shop’s wall but only find ‘a few’ coins

Burglars wastefully spent their time and energy digging a hole on a wall hoping to steal goods and money from a shop in Kitale town, only to get Sh2,000 coins from the safe.

Detectives who assembled at the scene at around 7am suspect the thieves spent nearly two hours drilling the hole before gaining access to Chase Drapers during the Tuesday night incident.

The burglarized shop deals in school uniforms.

BREAK IN

Detectives said they are investigating how the criminals entered the building which had a gate that was locked and there were no signs of break in.

“The thieves hoped to reap from where they didn’t sow They thought there was a lot of money in the safe but this was not the case, there was only few coins,” said Trans Nzoia West OCPD Joseph Tum.

A woman peeps through a hole which burglars drilled on the wail of a shop in Kitale town. PHOTO | GERALD BWISA
A woman peeps through a hole which burglars drilled on the wail of a shop in Kitale town. PHOTO | GERALD BWISA

Tum said investigations had been launched to arrest the culprits adding that detectives have collected vital data from the scene.

“We are investigating whether it was an inside job. Detectives have visited the scene of crime and collected figure prints samples,” added Tum.

ARMED ROBBERY

According to the OCPD, the burglars gained access to the shop without the knowledge of the watchman who was on duty.

The owner of the shop refused to speak to journalists saying the matter is under investigation.

A few months ago, armed robbers stole Sh2 million from Jaralam Retail shop, which is located near the same shop.

Police say investigations are ongoing to arrest criminals who are known to target Asian shops in Kitale town.