Three arrested in suspected car theft syndicate

A detective shows Journalists the stolen vehicles. [Peterson Githaiga, Standard]

Police in Kitengela, Kajiado County have arrested three suspects in connection with a vehicle robbery syndicate.

They were arrested after three stolen vehicles were recovered from a garage in the town.

Kitengela DCI boss Benson Mutie told The Standard that his officers acting on a tip off from the members of the public raided the garage near the Kitengela Jua Kali area and found the vehicles parked.

“We have been following these vehicles following a circulation of their number plates by our officers from Nairobi County, however today we got a breakthrough and found them, we have three suspects in our custody,” he said.

Police believe the men are part of a major car theft racket in Kitengela town.

Mutie later displayed some of the number plates recovered from the cars, terming it a wide car theft syndicate.

“We promise to get to the bottom of this matter, we will dismantle the whole cartel that is doing this business,” said Mutie.

Among those arrested is the garage owner David Ochieng and Julius Osoro, the prime suspect in the car theft syndicate.

Mutie said the vehicles are believed to have been stolen from different parts of the country and then sold after modifications.

“We have realized that some of the vehicles have their security features destroyed, therefore it’s not easy to identify them,” said the police boss.

He said they found two Toyota Axios, registrations KDL 773T and KDK 792R undergoing modification.

The garage owner led them to the prime suspect, who they found along Mombasa Road, driving the third vehicle, a Toyota Probox, registration KDD 363L.