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B.A.T truck disappears with cigarettes

15 June 2012, 14:45 Tony Karomo

Police in Meru are investigating police officers and the driver of a truck which was transporting B.A.T cigarettes worth ksh 15.4 million before it was stolen from Meru AP line where it was being guarded.

Confirming the incident the Area Police Chief James Kithuka said the lorry belonging to Tingatunyi Logistics Ltd was transporting the goods under heavy escort of two Administrative police officers from Nairobi to Kiajai Market in Tigania West District.

He said the truck was later packed at AP line camp at around 4.00pm before it disappeared under mischievous circumstances yesterday midnight and later recovered abandoned at Lumuruti town in Laikipia West.

”We will leave no stone unturned because we suspect there is collusion between the police, the driver and other suspects we are yet to establish . It seems to have been  a well organized job because two people went to the AP line and told the officers on night duty that the lorry had a mechanical problem and they wanted to check on it, the officers allowed them in without question,” said the OCPD.

The police Boss said the thugs later drove towards Meru-Maua road and on reaching Kaaga Location they destroyed the tracking gargets before fleeing towards Nanyuki town in Laikipia County where they made away with cigarettes valued Ksh.5.1 million before abandoning the truck.

He noted that the thugs had already changed the registration number of the vehicle to KAL 223Y amid changing the inspection and insurance stickers.

“I am convinced the suspects were well informed and were tracking the vehicle all the way from Nairobi since everything was changed in a very short time including the transporters company name. But the question is how did they manage to convince the police officers who were guarding the premises,” said Kithuka.

Kithuka further said they have launched investigation over the robbery syndicate noting the culprits are at large and once arrested they will be charged in court.

 He urged members of the public to volunteer any information linking to the robbery to help the police apprehend the suspects who are at run.

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