How DCI is dismantling car theft cartel operating in South Rift

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The Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) believes it has arrested the mastermind of a syndicate that specialises in car theft in South Rift region.

According to DCI, they started pursuing the syndicate after getting reports of over 11 cases of motor vehicle thefts in a short time span within the said region.

Consequently, DCI on June 11 deployed Special Service Unit (SSU) and Crime Research & Intelligence Bureau (CR&IB) detectives to narrow down on the cartel members.

The team of DCI sleuths then spotted a suspicious Nissan Wingroad vehicle on June 12 along the Sotik-Kericho road with three occupants. On trying to order them to stop, they defied, prompting a chase.

They were able to arrest the suspected mastermind, 25-year-old Aaron Kibet Chepkwony, but the other two occupants had managed to jump out of the vehicle and escape.

“Upon investigations, the vehicle was found to have been stolen from a Matunda-based police officer, while parked at a parking lot, after which fake number plates were fixed,” says DCI in a tweet.

On June 17, DCI detectives pursuing the case recovered five stolen motor vehicles in different parts of Trans Nzoia County.

Three of the motor vehicles were found within Kitale with three suspects who were found in their possession arrested, another car was found at a car wash in Kiminini while the fifth one in Matunda.

The syndicate targets parked and unsecured motor vehicles, then uses fake registration plates before duping unsuspecting Kenyans into buying the said vehicles.

DCI now wants anyone who may have lost his or her vehicle to report the case at the DCI Kitale offices with proof of ownership for identification.

“Arrested suspects to be charged accordingly as investigations continue in pursuit of more recoveries and neutralizing the entire syndicate,” added DCI in a tweet.

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