Three notorious motor vehicle thieves arrested

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Detectives drawn from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) on Tuesday, January 25, 2022, arrested three robbers linked to motor vehicle theft in Kipchimchim, Kericho, Kenya’s South Rift Valley.

The three; Erick Kipkurui Kogo, Philemon Kiprotich Ng'eno and Joseph Achila Ondieki were nabbed in an ongoing crackdown informed by numerous reports of motor vehicle thievery in the county.

The manhunt and subsequent arrest of the trio followed a stolen car report booked on January 16, 2022, at Litein Police Station, where a KCQ 318K Toyota Probox vanished from a car park.

Aware that the vehicle had been circulated to all police units across the county and beyond, the suspects kept it hidden for a week as they sourced for fake number plates and a potential buyer.

Armed with forged documents and replacing the original registration plates with KCU 994X, the three suspects emerged at Kipchimchim trading centre where they hoped to dispose it

Unbeknownst to them, a joint team of Kericho and Londiani detectives were on their trail, netting them at the location and recovering the motor vehicle.

“As they undergo legal procedures pending arraignment, more investigations are ongoing to establish any links to a possible larger ring involved in the felony,” said the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI).

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