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Police bust carjacking syndicate terrorising residents in Githurai


Police have busted a carjacking  syndicate that has been operating in areas in Kiambu County.

The five member gang was arraigned in court in Ruiru yesterday and detectives granted 10 days to complete their investigations.

The five, Peter Njoroge Kirika, John Muchoki Gatuhu, John Kimani Nganga, Peter Mwangi Murima and Benson Itimu Kariuki is targeting Little Cab drivers is allegedly operating within Githurai, Ruiru and Kirigiti areas in Kiambu County.

Three of the suspects are ex-convicts for various capital offenses including robbery with violence and murder

Police say that the five gang members are so organized that one of them poses like a cab passenger but once inside the cab, he attacks the driver and commandeers him to where his accomplices are.

The driver is then robbed off his valuables after being assaulted and his vehicle vandalized.

“In one such instance, on February 10th, one of the thugs using a fake identity requested to be taken to Kirigiti from Githurai Kimbo, to allegedly pick his ailing mother who needed urgent medical attention,” sid the DCI in a statement.

“The unsuspecting cab driver then set off for the journey but on reaching Kirigiti where they were supposed to pick an ailing woman, a male adult emerged and entered the vehicle instead. The vehicle was then comandeered to Sasisni coffee bushes where three more thugs emerged,” the statement further stated.

The DCI then stated that the thugs then stole headlights and tail lights, side mirrors, mirror switches, car battery and the spare wheel.

The gang has so far been held responsible for carjacking two more vehicles after the first incident.

A vehicle used by the gang, assorted allen keys, screw drivers and sacks for carrying vandalised motor vehicle parts were also recovered.

Also recovered were original identity cards belonging to victims of crime, used to register SIM cards and lure unsuspecting cab drivers and a mobile phone for making taxi requests.