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Police recover arms in Laikipia

16 January 2013, 11:39 James Kabotia

Police in Laikipia have recovered an AK47 rifle and 18 rounds of ammunition after a prolonged chase with three gangsters who had robbed a businessman in Nanyuki town on Monday afternoon.

Speaking to the media in his office on Tuesday, Laikipia East police chief Joshua Lutukai confirmed that the armed bandits had robbed off KES 70 000 from a wholesale shop at around 3PM and used their guns to diverge witnesses from the scene.

Lutukai said that his team rapidly pursued the criminals and recovered an abandoned Toyota corolla motor vehicle that they were using.

“We found the motor vehicle with registration number KAM 868Y abandoned along the Laikipia Air Force road and found that they had escaped,” said Lutukai.

He said that the vehicle belongs to a taxi operator in town and that he will be searched and interrogated thoroughly so that the law can take its course.

He added that his team further used a dog police to trace their hide out and managed to locate them at Ruai area but they eloped, leaving behind one AK47 rifle and the 18 rounds of ammunition.

The OCPD also said that they had recovered a bag that contained some clothes and he believed that the thugs changed their clothing severally in order to disguise themselves.

The police commander also believes that they are the same criminals who have been terrorizing the Nanyuki business fraternity adding that his team will not relent until they are brought to book.

He said that the AK 47 rifle has no serial number but assured that they will be able to do their investigations and identify it.

Lutukai further said that there could be a possibility that some guns are being imported into Laikipia County from West Pokot as the General elections approach.

This unfolds barely three weeks after the same suspected bandits robbed off a hardware in Nanyuki town.

However, Lutukai assured residents that strict patrols are being conducted all over Laikipia East and urged members of public to co-operate with them by feeding them with information.

“I am appealing to members of public and all business owners in Nanyuki to co-operate with us so that we can wipe these criminals away,” he said.

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