A Firearm Stolen From A Police Officer Last Year Recovered

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Detectives have recovered a firearm that was wrestled from a police officer on guard duties at Equity Bank in Matuu, Machakos County, Eastern Kenya, in 2021.

The detectives based at the elite Crime Research & Intelligence Bureau, and a contingent from Ruiru, recovered the firearm, an AK-47 assault rifle snatched from Constable Patrick Omusebe during the incident.

The recovery followed intelligence leads received via the Directorate Criminal Investigations' anonymous hotline by a man who was clearing bushes at his farm in Ruiru, Central Kenya.

This is after the detectives intensified an undercover manhunt for the suspect who was in possession of the firearm until he opted to dispose it rather than challenge the sleuths to a duel.

A magazine loaded with 21 rounds of 7.62 mm calibre was also recovered.

During the robbery incident on July 27, 2021, an unspecified amount of money was stolen from the Matuu-based Equity bank branch by about 4 men who staged the daylight robbery.

The firearm has been handed over to ballistic experts based at the DCI National Forensic Laboratory for analysis.

"Meanwhile, the Directorate of Criminal Investigations is issuing a stern warning to criminals terrorizing public members with firearms, that their days are numbered," said the DCI.

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