Cybercrime suspects arrested in Nakuru

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Police Officers in Nakuru County, northwest of Nairobi, have apprehended a group of young men suspected to be involved in Cybercrime.

Francis Maina and Zellic Alusa were smoked out of their hideouts on Wednesday by the officers in collaboration with public members.

"Our officers, in collaboration with members of the public, suspected a group of young men who kept to themselves, changing residences and remaining indoors inordinately, a factor that necessitated surveillance on them, resulting in their swift arrest," said the police.

Recovered from their residences were five laptops, four mobile phones, two Wi-Fi gadgets, three hard drives, a 55" TV, a PlayStation, a land sale agreement for a property valued at Ksh 850,000 and assorted sim cards.

Investigations reveal that the syndicate is involved in a cybercrime scheme targeting unsuspecting Kenyans living abroad through hacking of credit cards and using the fraud proceeds to purchase bitcoins that are later converted to the local currency.

The case has been referred to Cybercrime Unit at the DCI National Forensic Laboratory for in-depth analysis and investigations.

The manhunt for the third suspect who escaped the officers' drag net is ongoing.

The suspects are university students.

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