Police officers from the Crime Research & Intelligence Bureau (CRIB) have recovered two firearms stolen from a GSU camp in Kopsiro, Bungoma County.
Detectives also arrested the main suspect behind the robbery which occurred on August 23.
The G3 rifles, one of which was loaded with 20 rounds of 7.62mm caliber disappeared mysteriously from Korngotuny GSU camp.
This prompted an operation led by detectives from the elite CRIB to recover them.
“After conducting comprehensive investigations and analysis, the detectives identified the main suspect behind the disappearance, a former GSU officer currently suspended from the service on disciplinary grounds,” said the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI)).
Further, DCI noted that the suspect who hails from Mabonge Village in Nambale, Busia County sneaked into Korngotuny GSU camp on the night the firearms disappeared and left with them undetected.
CRIB detectives conducted a raid on the suspects’ home on Sunday, September 3, and the Wanzala sneaked into a nearby sugarcane plantation to evade arrest.
However, the officers mounted a spirited search that lasted for hours in the vast field of sugarcane and finally arrested the suspect.
DCI said the suspect used the available thick cover of the cane to deceive the detectives but gave up when the detectives deployed plan B of their operation.
“After being apprehended, he led the officers to the banks of River Sio, that snakes close to his father’s land where the firearms were recovered buried on the ground,” said DCI.
The suspect is currently in custody pending arraignment in court.
On August 31, detectives arrested a man suspected to be the mastermind behind the series of robberies that have rocked Juja in Kiambu County and parts of Murang’a County.
Police arrested ‘The Axe Man’ following an operation by sleuths from the elite CRIB, in collaboration with detectives from Imenti North and Murang’a County.
Also, DCI announced that two more suspects were in police custody in connection with the ongoing operation targeting drug traffickers in the country.
“The two, a Nigerian national Michael Adeyemi Adedji and a Kenyan Selina Ndinda Ndonyo were arrested at Umoja Innercore in Nairobi, by Anti-Narcotics detectives following intelligence leads,” said DCI.
A search in their house resulted to recovery of four African made handbags with false sides each containing a package of white powdery substance suspected to be cocaine.
Further search led to the recovery of a separate red bag containing three packages of a similar substance.
All the substances were seized, weighed, and found to be approximately 2,100gms.
Additionally, the police arrested the key suspect in the murder of a man shot in a robbery incident that occurred at a cybershop in Siaya on August 1, 2023.
Investigations conducted unearthed a criminal gang going by the name ‘comrades’, which has been involved in a spate of robberies in the region.
The suspect was booked at Yala police station pending arraignment pending further investigations and recovery of the firearms illegally possessed by the gang.