- Credible social media pages have warned owners of certain makes of vehicles to be on the lookout as their cars’ spare parts are hotcakes
- A Nissan Juke and pickup were apprehended at an apartment in Muguga being chopped for spare parts
- Residents said the vice has been ongoing for a long time and the arrest of the suspects confirmed their fears
Police in Kiambu has arrested six suspects caught stealing vehicles and vandalising them for parts.
The six were arrested in Muguga in Kabete and are held in custody at King’eero police station as the Directorate of Criminal Investigations pieces up evidence.
Police began sniffing the matter when they noticed two pickup vehicles vandalised at a home in Muguga village.
“The OCS Muguga went to the scene and managed to arrest six suspects we also recovered another vehicle, Nissan Juke which we are yet to establish whether it is a stolen motor vehicle,” police said.
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Kabete OCPD Joseph Muriuki said they were investigating a report from some residents on stolen cars being vandalised at the home.
“We believe the six suspects are in a syndicate whereby they steal motor vehicles and vandalise them in that compound. They use that compound to vandalise vehicles because the house is abandoned,” the police explained.
Speaking to Citizen TV, officers said when they visited the home, they found suspects, who could not explain the existence of the vehicles to the detectives.
One of the residents said there is a possibility that the cars vandalised in the apartment could be from other parts of the country but the owner of the said house has been a suspect for a long time and their arrest was a great confirmation.
“The cars that are vandalised for parts here are mostly from other parts of the country, but we have noticed the people doing this are people from here, for example, the owner of this house, has been a suspect for a long time but it has now been confirmed that he is the lead suspect. He has a gang that he has been leading and I am told around six of them were arrested,” the resident narrated.
Nairobi: 2 suspects linked to car theft arrested
Detectives attached to the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) based in Kayole have arrested two suspects linked to a car theft syndicate.
The detectives are currently interrogating the suspects arrested in a raid conducted early Friday, December 16 in Njiru area.
A police report indicated that the suspects Patrick Masinde, 45 and Fernando Mwenda, 42 were arrested minutes past 1 am by a contingent of officers from Obama police station.
“10 number plates, 43 driving licenses, tracking gadgets, identification cards and bank chequebooks among other exhibits,” the report reads in part.
Also recovered were tens of fake rubber stamps belonging to different motor vehicle-selling dealers, financial institutions and the immigration department among others.
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