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Kenyan woman arrested in connection with Sh140m Dubai heist

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Detectives on Tuesday arrested a woman who, alongside two other Kenyans, are wanted in the United Arab Emirates in connection with Sh140 million (Dh5 million) heist in Dubai.

Kenyan police working with the International Criminal Police Organisation, Interpol, arrested Rebecca Mweni Musau and seized Sh13 million from her new house in Ruai.

The officers arrested Ms Musai at the Namanga border following a tip-off from Immigration officials who realised that her passport had been flagged.

She was brought to Nairobi and was forced to direct officers to her house where they found the money, believed to have been part of the loot seized while on transit three months ago.

Head of the Bureau of Investigations at the Directorate of Criminal Investigations Joseph Kariuki said the suspect may have arrived in the country earlier but travelled to Tanzania this week for other businesses.

The suspect together with Charles Karanja and another suspect the DCI asked us not to name because it would jeopardise investigations, escaped after the robbery and United Arab Emirates security officials started their search in collaboration with Kenyan and Interpol officers.

“We arrested her but the other gentleman is on the run but we hope we will eventually get her as we go along with the investigations,” Mr Kariuki said.

Dubai’s Ministry of International Corporation wrote to the Kenyan authorities, asking them to help trace the two Kenyans.

Ms Mweni is suspected to have escaped alongside Charles Karanja, who worked as a security guard, according to Khaleej Times.

The two, are suspected to have stolen the money from a vehicle that was transporting the cash to an ATM at a popular shopping mall in the city.

Local Dailies in Dubai reported that Mr Karanja had distracted his colleagues at the mall before vanishing with the money alongside a male and a female at around 10.30pm on March 2, 2018.

Two weeks after the heist, Dubai Police arrested Mr Karanja at an apartment in Al Nahda, Sharjah.

Another security guard was also arrested but it turned out that it had been a case of mistaken identity.

He was later released.