Msambweni residents living near Australian Base Titanium mining company have been threatened with prosecution if they vandalise the firm's properties.
Msambweni deputy county commissioner Benjamin Leparmorijo said they will not tolerate criminals.
Speaking to the Star on the phone, Leparmorijo said there are cartels using the youth to destroy transformers placed at strategic places by the company.
"There are some people trying to frustrate the mining company. Our officers will arrest them and they will be taken to court," he said.
Leparmorijo said the power line is not only meant to benefit the mining company but also the residents. He asked the residents to be vigilant and report any information that may lead to the arrest of the suspects to the police.
"The power line in Nguluku, Fingirika, Maagaoni and Mwapala is dangerous," he said.
Sources who spoke to the Star on condition of anonymity said the company's properties are destroyed because it refused to employ the residents.
In a recent meeting attended by Leparmorijo and area MP Suleiman Dori at Vumaman the residents vowed to use all means to stop the company from mining.
The company has however said it outsources labour because Kwale does not have qualified canadidates.
"If we don't get the people we want from the locals who have applied then the system searches for others because there are several blocks in the system starting from locals, county, province and countrywide," said Base Titanium external affairs and development general manager Joe Schwarz.