5 thugs, who planned heist at Christina Shusho’s concert, arrested flaunting stolen iPhones
Mombasa-based police detectives have apprehended five suspects who brazenly showcased their ill-gotten gains in a video recording.
The individuals—Vincent Ochieng, Shadrack Ochieng, Felix Otieno, Salim Ali, and Shafi Yusuf—were taken into custody as a result of an intelligence-led operation conducted by the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI).
The suspects are believed to be affiliated with an organized criminal group operating in the Sargoi area and its environs.
The arrest comes in the wake of a video circulating on social media featuring the suspects flaunting stolen items, including electronic devices.
“Upon search, a navy blue jacket that had been captured in the video recording, three iPhones, a Samsung phone, a Memojo phone, a Bluetooth headphone, among other items, were recovered from them,” stated the DCI in a briefing following the operation.
The video recording depicted the suspects mocking the ownership of a particular item, with one suspect disdainfully rejecting a cheap coat, citing the presence of lice.
Another suspect urged people attending crossover parties to bring high-quality items and phones for recording purposes.
As the Tanzanian gospel star Christina Shusho announced an upcoming mega-crossover concert in Kenya, scheduled for December 31 at Garden City Square and hosted by renowned comedian Daniel Ndambuki (Churchill), the suspects hinted at their intentions to target such events for theft.
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They are recorded saying, “Concert ya Christina Shusho msituletee hizi, tunataka tukichukua video iwe video kali kali, sawa? Usiogope kubeba simu yako kali, wewe beba tu, tunataka kuchukua video kali kali (For Christina Shusho’s concert, don’t bring us these [cheap items]. We want to capture high-quality videos, okay? Don’t hesitate to bring your high-quality phones; we want to record top-notch videos).”
In response to the heightened risk of theft during large gatherings, the government has intensified security measures in the streets of Nairobi and other towns ahead of the Christmas holidays.
The arrested suspects are now in custody, pending arraignment, as the police work to dismantle the criminal network they are associated with.