Police arrest gang behind daring crimes in Central

Friday, July 17th, 2020 00:00 |
Director of Operations at the DCI headquarters Henry Ondiek.

The daring gang of three men and a woman behind the cases of kidnappings, robberies and rape in the Central region has finally been arrested.

Apart from the cases reported that led to their arrests, the woman was also found to be having a murder case pending before a Nanyuki court while her male colleagues have several robbery with violence cases pending before various courts.

So far, according to the Directorate of Criminal Investigations boss George Kinoti, the gang is linked to at least 25 robberies and a rape case. Eight of the cases were reported in Mathira sub county.

The cases have been reported in Nanyuki, Muranga, Nyeri, Mathira among other areas.

So far, police have received reports of four victims from Makuyu, three from Kandara, and eight from Mathira. Sagana and Mathioya have four and three cases respectively.

Kinoti said the investigations were conducted by a team of officers from the Special Services Unit (SSU) and the Crime Research and Intelligence (CRIB) following several reports of violent robberies in the region.

The Director of Operations at the DCI headquarters Henry Ondiek who spoke to the media at the DCI headquarters said the female member of the gang was used to lure unsuspecting victims before her male colleagues strike.

“The woman is always armed with a toy pistol and she is the one who lures unsuspecting victims before he male colleagues strike,” he said.

The team first arrested two suspects in Muranga on Wednesday who were thoroughly interrogated, leading to the arrest of the two others in Githurai.

The suspects had several bank accounts with one of them having at least four bank accounts which are currently under investigations.

“We suspect some of the proceeds from robberies and kidnappings are kept in such accounts. We are however still investigating the link,” he said.

The detectives recovered two vehicles, a silver Toyota Premio registration number KCA 376M and a white Toyota NZE registration number KBR 196A.

Also recovered were a spare number plate, the toy pistol that was being used by the woman, 10 mobile phones

“The mobile phones are used for receiving money from their victims or relatives of the victims, and also to call,” Ondiek said.

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