The Directorate of Criminal Investigations reported Saturday that over 417 mobile phones suspected to have been stolen have been recovered in Nyeri.
The agency confirmed that a 32-year-old man was arrested in connection with the theft.
“The recovery and arrest followed interrogations on two young men earlier arrested by Nyeri detectives after they were cornered while snatching mobile phones from shoppers in Gatitu, Nyeri,” said DCI
According to the DCI, John Kariuki and James Thuita were nabbed on November 1, 2023, before detectives proceeded to Gatitu shopping centre where their accomplice David Thinwa Ngatia who operated a mobile phone repair shop was ambushed and the recoveries made.
Other items found stashed in his premises included two TV sets, three laptops, two cameras, 47 mobile subscriber sim cards, and an HP printer among others. These were all seized and kept as exhibits.
Amid the arrests and recovery, the Nyeri security command has warned against a surge in criminals who are mostly interested in smartphones.
The three are guests of the state for the weekend, with their arraignment in court scheduled for Monday.