DCI Dismantles Notorious Car Theft Ring

  • Director of Criminal Investigations George Kinoti at Dusit D2 complex January 15, 2020, on January 15, 2019. File
  • The Directorate of Criminal Investigations has reined in on a notorious gang responsible for thefts in cars across the country.

    In an announcement posted on social media on Wednesday, January 15, the DCI announced that officers had pounced on seven suspects that they believe stole Ksh 900,000 from a vehicle in Buruburu on January 11, 2020.

    "Seven members of a notorious criminal gang which on Saturday 11th January 2020 broke into and stole Ksh 900,000 from a parked car at a car yard along Ngong Road was today arrested by DCI Kilimani detectives and three motor vehicles believed to be used in the perpetration detained," the DCI posted.

    A vehicle with registration no. KBA 566E impounded by the DCI on January 15, 2020.
    A vehicle with registration number KBA 566E impounded by the DCI on January 15, 2020.

    The perpetrators are believed to have been privy to the victim's movements and are reported to have tracked him all the way to where he intended to purchase the vehicle, after which they struck.

    "The gang had trailed the victim from KCB Buruburu to the yard where he intended to purchase a car. Having parked the vehicle he was using, the victim locked it leaving the money therein as he went to be shown around," the DCI further informed.

    The gang is reported to have parked alongside the victim's in the pretext of being customers, before breaking in and fleeing with the money.

    Their acts, however, were caught on CCTV cameras, leading the sleuths to a trail that helped arrest the suspects, less than four days later.

    The seven were identified as Benjamin Imbai Ambache (Bena), Boaz Otieno Owino (Baba Fabian), Collins Opruto Ipara (Collo), Duncan Wachira Gakungu (Dante), and William Kamau Maina (Willo).

    The other two were Jacqueline Njoki Mwangi (Lady Bose), and Ian Kibe Kinyua (Kibe), all of who are in custody awaiting arraignment.

    "The gang has been operating in major towns using different motor vehicles, some of which are hired and guised with fake number plates," the sleuths warned.

    The second vehicle nabbed by the DCI officials in connection with the January 11, 2020, robbery.
    The second vehicle nabbed by DCI officials in connection with January 11, 2020, robbery.
    The third vehicle nabbed by the DCI detectives as announced on January 15,2020.
    The third vehicle detained by DCI detectives as announced on January 15, 2020.

    The DCI urged caution from members of the public going forward, to ensure that they do not fall victim to such ploys by the habitual criminals.

    "We caution members of the public to beware of such criminals even as we heighten our detective bars to paralyze their efforts and bring the perpetrators to book," the DCI concluded.