A secondary teacher is among a group of three arrested individuals who have been stealing cars in South and North Rift regions.
On Friday, detectives from the Directorate of Criminal Investigation’s Crime Research and Investigations Bureau arrested 48-year old David Ogeisia Migosi, a teacher at St Columbans Secondary School in Kitale. He was accompanied by two other people, who are also part of the car theft syndicate.
During the arrest, Mr. Migosi had a stolen Toyota Probox and 17 fake logbooks in his possession.
Detectives from the DCI believe that as a mastermind in the car theft syndicate, Migosi worked with employees of the National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA).
“Upon interrogation, officers proceeded to his hideout where two other accomplices, Jeremiah Yego Kiptoo (34) and Asman Memba Bakari (38), were arrested,” read a statement from DCI boss George Kinoti.
After many complaints regarding car theft in the North and South Rift region, Mr.Kinoti commissioned detectives to look into the matter in March.
The operation has so far seen the recovery of seven stolen vehicles between July 3 and July 4, 2020.
They include Isuzu D-MAX Pick Up KCR 734T, Toyota Hiace KCL 378K, Toyota Premio KBN 377A, Toyota DX KBJ 316D, White Toyota Probox without number plates, Toyota Hilux KBB 876A, and Toyota Axio KCL 790N.
Further, the officers recovered dismantled number plates, sale agreements, chassis plates, a check book, ignition systems, chassis number stickers, and fake care registration number plates.
During the presser, officials from the Kenya Revenue Authority and police officers said investigations were ongoing to confirm whether the number plates were the same as the car chassis number.
The arrest of the three thieves brings the number of those taken into custody between April and June to 12.
So daring is the group of thugs that they even stole vehicles from well-guarded yards in Kitale, Eldoret, Nakuru, Narok, and Bomet.
The DCI said the ongoing operation would help to nub more thieves.