Kenya: Detectives Posing as Buyers Recover Gun Stolen in 2019, Arrest Suspect

Detectives based in Siaya County have recovered a G3 rifle which was stolen in 2019 and arrested one suspect.

The gun, which was stolen from Umala Police Post, was recovered by Siaya DCI detectives posing as buyers in a covert operation that led to the arrest of one suspect.

Also recovered was one magazine and 13 rounds of ammunition, one pair of Kenya Army trousers, a Kenya Police raincoat and one smoke camouflage jacket.

According to a police report, the weapon was delivered to the detectives by the suspect identified as Kevin Oduor Onyango within Siaya town who was then arrested and detained at Siaya Police Station pending further police action.


Police have begun a manhunt for his accomplice who managed to escape their dragnet.

"The firearm was positively identified as the one that had earlier been stolen from Umala Police Post late 2019," said the report.

At the same time, police officers based at Laisamis Police Station on Sunday recovered a Carbine with five rounds of special ammunition from a suspect involved in a robbery with violence incident in Moile.

The incident happened hours after the suspect and his accomplice robbed the driver of a DHL truck and his two female passengers at gun-point. The lorry was ferrying assorted crates of beer from Nairobi to Marsabit.


The driver and his passengers had been stopped at gun point by three morans upon reaching Moile, which is about 15 kilometres from Laisamis Police Station, and robbed of Sh11,150.

Police said that after the robbery was reported, they tracked the suspects' footmarks for about five kilometres before finding two of them resting under a tree along the banks of Lensikar River.

"On noticing the police officers at close range, one attempted to push the rifle under the sand but was successfully disarmed and arrested. His colleague who was armed with a spear was equally disarmed before the two were arrested," said the police.

After the incident, Marsabit South Deputy County Commissioner Dickson Mutua banned herders from pitching manyattas along Merille-Laisamis section of the Nairobi-Marsabit highway to avert similar incidents.

Mr Mutua said the Manyattas are harbouring criminals involved in robberies along the highway.

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