Businessman loses Ksh 5.7 million while in public toilet


A Thika town-based businessman has made headlines after he lost Ksh 5.7 million while standing in a public toilet.

According to a police statement dated Wednesday, June 22, the businessman had made more than three transactions with different banks at various locations on that fateful day.

After withdrawing a total of Ksh 5.7 million, he hid the money in his car under the front passenger seat and then drove to Thika town.

But on his journey to an unclear destination, the businessman felt rushed and decided to park his car near Thika’s public toilets to relieve himself.

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File photo of a public toilet located near the Aga Khan in Nairobi’s central business district


The short call which usually lasts one to two minutes proved calamitous as he found the rear window of his car broken. He found the missing money.

“He removed the money and kept it under the front passenger seat of his motor vehicle and went to the public toilets near KPLC Thika deportation opposite St Patrick’s Catholic Church where he went. parked and went to the bathroom to relieve himself.

Upon his return, he found that the right rear window had been smashed and money totaling Kshs 5,713,000 had been stolen,” the police statement read in part.

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The preliminary report from the cops who sealed the crime scene in Thika did not reveal why the businessman was driving with millions hidden in his car.

However, the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) officers drawn from Thika have opened an investigation into the mysterious disappearance of the money in a public toilet.

Usually, most public restrooms have attendants seated just before their entrance who survey the surroundings after instructing people to use them.

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The report did not say whether restroom attendants witnessed the theft which was described as regular and precise.

Cases of businessmen losing their money after withdrawing from financial institutions have skyrocketed in the country. Most of these cases have been linked to internal jobs and even set-ups.

To combat the vice, most financial institutions have increased surveillance, including installing CCTV cameras and even employing security guards to manage their premises.

DCI Homicide experts at Temple Apartments on April 21, 2022.

DCI Homicide experts at Temple Apartments on April 21, 2022.


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