Police arrest 5 accused of using catapult to rob businessman Sh3m

Police have arrested five suspects in connection with a spate of thefts from locked vehicles, including a recent incident where a businessman lost Sh3 million from a locked car in South C two weeks ago.

The five suspects were arrested last night following an analysis of CCTV footage at the scene of the crime. A sixth suspect is on the run and has fled to Mombasa.

According to the police report, the victim, who was driving a BMW X1, had parked his vehicle along Muhoho Road in Nairobi and was entering a car parts shop when the suspects struck.

Police say the suspects used a catapult to smash the back of the window and took the bag containing the cash and other bank cards from Kenya Commercial Bank (KCB), Diamond Trust Bank (DTB) and Gulf African Bank ATMs.

They later used the cards to withdraw Sh80,000 from an ATM in Embakasi.

They also made away with his national identity card, a smart driving licence and other work-related documents.

One of the suspects, Charles Nzomo, was caught on CCTV breaking into the car while two others, identified as Paul Mukungi and Vincent Raguma, stood guard. A fourth suspect, Jane Mueni Mutinda, followed the suspect while Shaban Rashid Maingi is the driver of the gateway vehicle.

“One after another, the suspects were rounded up last night before the spy vehicle belonging to Charles Nzomo was traced to Tsavo Gardens. In it were found the victim’s KCB ATM card and car breaking tools including a catapult. The five suspects were escorted to DCI Lang’ata offices where they are booked for the long weekend. Efforts are in place to recover a second motor vehicle and trace and arrest a sixth accomplice, Rodgers Ndung’u, who fled to Mombasa,” read the police report.

The five suspects are currently being held at the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) office in Lang’ata.

The incident comes amid a rise in crime and theft against motorists in Nairobi.

On Wednesday, police arrested a total of 10 suspects for stealing from motorists along Museum Hill Road in Nairobi.

The operation was led by Nairobi Regional Commander Adamson Bungei.

The arrest came after a video captured the suspects robbing a motorist along the road and jumping into the nearest bush. They are accused of robbing motorists of their mobile phones and side mirrors.

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