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3 arrested, suspected stolen vehicles recovered in Utawala

Detectives from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) on Thursday arrested three suspects believed to be behind the spate of carjacking in the city.

DCI said in a statement that they several vehicles believed to have been stolen recovered in Utawala, Nairobi.

The recovered vehicles were found after detectives were pursuing a case of a vehicle allegedly stolen from a garage along Kangundo Road.

DCI said detectives backed by a team from DCI Kayole recovered the vehicles and motor vehicle parts suspected to have been stolen at a yard in Utawala.

“Detectives from Nairobi DCI Regional Headquarters who were pursuing a case of a stolen motor vehicle from a garage along Kangundo Road have recovered several suspected stolen cars and motor vehicle parts at a yard in Utawala Estate, Nairobi,” DCI said in a statement.

“Three suspects believed to be members of a well-organized criminal ring that targets vehicles left for repair at garages were also rounded up in the operation, which was augmented by a team from DCI Kayole.”

The three suspects were identified as Matthew Odhiambo Ndacha, Joseph Otieno Ngeso and Stephen Kabinku Mwangi.

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According to the DCI boss, the three allegedly conspired with the yard owner to steal the vehicles whose owners had left them at the Kangundo Road workshop before starting to dismantle them for sale as spare parts.

The owner of the yard was not around when detectives stormed the premises where the vehicles were recovered.

The detectives found three Probox vehicles, a chassis, engine parts, rear lights, eight lorry containers, a truck and 10 sets of number plates.

“The suspects are being interrogated with a view to identifying more members of the criminal syndicate,” the DCI said.

Other items recovered during the operation include three unidentified Toyota Probox cars, a Toyota station wagon chassis CE107-5008143, rear lights for the dismantled Toyota Allion, eight box lorry containers, a Mistubishi truck, assorted vandalised engine parts, ten sets of vehicle registration plates and a Toyota Allion fixed with a Toyota Premio bonnet and boot and fixed with registration plates KBY 146F.

“On storming the yard whose owner (Peter Mwangi Njuguna) was out of site, several recoveries including the reported Toyota Allion were made,” it added.