Directorate of Criminal Investigations officers in Nairobi have busted a major syndicate in which trucks are stolen in Kenya and ferried to Tanzania for sale.
Detectives at Parklands Police Division are holding a Tanzanian national identified as Mrisho Kambi and a Kenyan Frank Ondwasi Otsyula, suspected to be involved in the cross-border syndicate.
The duo were trailed to Embakasi after they allegedly stole a lorry at a parking yard in Bahati Nairobi on Sunday. Kenyan number plates were recovered inside their house.
The owner of the lorry, Gatimu Kabanya, reported the matter at Jogoo Police Station . DCI detectives from Parklands under the command of their Divisional Criminal Investigations Officer (DCIO) Chief Inspector David Chebii were immediately mobilised to track down the vehicle.
The team found the lorry, registration number KCJ 361 M, make Actros parked in a yard within Embakasi.
Police suspect the two are part of a group of individuals involved in organised car theft racket operating across Kenya borders.
“Two suspects were arrested. A search was carried in their house and Kenyan registration number plates KBF 687W, KAK 861C, and KCD 262 were recovered. Preliminary investigations have indicated that the stolen vehicles are usually driven to Tanzania where they are sold, ” said Chebii.
Meanwhile, three wanted criminals were shot dead in Dandora by police officers in a sting operation. One suspect, however, managed to escape.
The three were shot and killed when they opened fire to block officers from accessing their house at Ogopa area along Komarock road in Nairobi. A mini Ceska pistol, a homemade gun, AK47 magazine loaded with four rounds of ammunition and two other rounds of ammunition of 9mm caliber were recovered. Police also seized police jungle hat and police boots from their hideout.
“The four were behind a series of armed robberies in the area,” The police report reads in part.