The Star (Nairobi)

2 April 2013

Kenya: Police Hunt for Spectre Burglars

Photo: Dominic Wabala
Demonstrations broke out in Homa Bay town following the Supreme Court ruling which declared Uhuru Kenyatta the President-elect.

A team of detectives has been tasked to hunt down unknown people who raided Prime Minister Raila Odinga's firm East Africa Spectre Limited in Nairobi's Industrial Area and vandalised property before carting away hundreds of empty gas cylinders.

Police say they are yet to get the two guards who were on duty when the raid happened on Sunday night. The gang escaped with two lorries full of the LPG gas cylinders.

Officials said the assailants stole more than 600 empty LPG gas cylinders valued at Sh3 million and vandalized two vehicles that were parked there. The firm said they lost 266 gas cylinders (13kgs) and 413 gas cylinders (6kgs) in the robbery. Police say they are zeroing on the guards whose mobile phones are still switched off.

The firm manufactures and revalidates empty gas cylinders for various oil companies and the ones that were stolen had been ordered by Total petroleum. The gang had initially loaded empties with Oilibya labels but realized they did not have valves.

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