Editor's Review

The DCI detectives are tracing a sixth suspect who fled to Mombasa. 

The Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) has arrested five suspected thugs who stole Sh900,000 and another USD 15,000 (Sh 19.8 million) from a businessman in Nairobi's South C area.

In a statement on Friday, March 29, DCI said the businessman who reported the incident at Akila Police Station in Lang'ata had parked his BMW X1 along Muhoho Road opposite Rubis Petrol Station and entered an auto parts shop when the suspects smashed the rear window of his car and stole from him.

“He had gone back to his car less than five minutes later, only to find a smashed rear window and a missing bag that contained the money,” read the statement in part.

The suspects also stole the victim’s KCB, DTB & Gulf African Bank ATM cards, his national ID card, smart driving license, and assorted job-related documents.

They proceeded to withdraw 40,000 from his KCB account and another 40,000 from the DTB account at an ATM in Embakasi.

Detectives from the Nairobi region Crime Research team backed up by the Operations Unit, initiated a forensic-led trail on the suspects.

A composite image of car-breaking tools used by the suspects.

“The crime busters nabbed the 1st suspect Charles Nzomo who was captured by a nearby CCTV breaking into the motor vehicle. The footage also captured Paul Mukungi and Vincent Juma Raguma keeping watch as Nzomo employed his childhood skills in hunting with a catapult to smash the car window.

"All this time, another female suspect, Jane Mueni Mutinda was busy stalking the victim, as Shaban Rashid Maingi waited in a getaway Mazda Demio fitted with registration plates KCE 822F belonging to a Subaru car,” DCI stated.

The four other suspects were rounded up last night before the spy vehicle belonging to Charles Nzomo was traced to Tsavo Gardens. The sleuths found the victim's KCB ATM card and car-breaking tools including a catapult.

The five suspects were taken to DCI Lang'ata offices and booked as the detectives are tracing a second motor vehicle and a sixth suspect Rodgers Ndung’u who fled to Mombasa.

The detectives believe the syndicate is linked to another four suspects who were arrested on February 16 2023 after a series of car breakings using the same tools of trade in South C.