A teenager is among three people arrested in connection with a series of robberies along the Southern by-pass, in Nairobi, at the weekend.
The suspects, Boniface Winjira Unganyi, a mobile shop proprietor, Alex Wambua Mboya, and a 16-year-old secondary school student were found in possession of a stolen phone.
According to the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI), the trio's arrest followed detailed analysis and investigations of the robberies, with detectives employing cyber and forensic analysis techniques to identify the beneficiaries of the crimes.
"Detectives established that mobile phones robbed from victims along the busy highway, found their way to the suspect's shop, where they were being sold cheaply to locals," DCI said.
During the arrest, DCI detectives from Langa'ta police station conducted a raid at Winjira's shop in Lindi in Kibra and confiscated 102 mobile phones suspected of being stolen.
Detectives based at Langata, supported by Crime Research and Intelligence crime busters, have arraigned over five suspects in court in recent weeks.
"Determined to bring to an end the robberies that have seen tens of victims lose their valuables along the highway, detectives based at Langata, supported by Crime Research & Intelligence crime busters, have in recent weeks arraigned over five suspects in cour," DCI added.
A few days ago, police shot dead two armed criminals along the same highway.
Kiambu county police boss Ali Nono said they had launched a search for one of the suspects who escaped following the ambush.
"Our officers acting on a tip-off from members of the public managed to smoke the criminals in their hideout. Two of them were shot dead while one of them escaped, and we have launched a search for him," Nono said.