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Two FMB Bank tellers, guard arrested in connection to K3m theft

Written by  Andrew Silumbu

MANGOCHI, June 29: Police in Mangochi have arrested two FMB employees and a guard in connection with K3 million which was stolen after an auto-teller machine (ATM) was ransacked at Makawa Trading Centre on Thursday night.

Police identified the suspects as Tiyamike Mwikhale, 27, Penjani Phiri, 32, and Precious Nixel, 23, who were at the time of incident working for FMB Bank in the district.

According to Mangochi Police Public Relations Officer, Rodrick Maida, the three have been arrested for an offence of breaking into a building and committing a felony contrary to section 311 of the penal code.

Maida told Malawi News Agency that the incident happened on June 25, 2014 at about 3 am when the security guard who was on duty at ATM belonging to FMB discovered that the machine had been broken at the time he was doing routine patrols.

“The safer of the ATM was left open after being tampered with and all the six boxes of different bank notes carrying a total sum of K3, 349, 400 were stolen by unknown criminals,” Maida said.

“Upon clear investigations, it was discovered that a key was used to open the cash chest,” Maida added.

Maida said Nixel an employee of G4S Company hails from Chipoka village in the area of Traditional Authority Mponda in Mangochi, Mwikhale, a bank teller hails from Mgundaphiri village in the area of Traditional Authority Mponda in Mangochi while Phiri also a bank teller  from Mapira village in the area of Traditional Authority Mponda in Mangochi District.

Meanwhile, Maida said the police have launched an intensive investigation to come to the gist of the matter.

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