A truck driver who reported the theft of 324 bags of coffee he was transporting to Mombasa from Kampala is in custody as the key suspect in the robbery.
The Kenya Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) says their preliminary investigations by detectives poked holes in the narrative reported to the police, hours after the alleged theft took place.
Samuel Kihiu Wangari had reported that on December 31st last year, he had stopped at Nakuru County’s Kikopey area for supper after parking and locking the Mercedes Benz lorry nearby. He said on getting back to the vehicle two and a half hours later, he had found three men already in the driver’s cabin, who forcefully took control of the lorry and threw him out a short distance past the Gilgil weighbridge.
On receiving the report, detectives pursued the matter and found the lorry abandoned along Maai Mahiu-Narok road, with only 10 of the 334 bags it was ferrying. “The suspect driver remains in custody as further investigations continue to establish how the theft was actually effected, with efforts being made to recover the stolen goods and nab the involved perpetrators,” says DCI.