Police arrest six suspects as crime spikes in Kisumu

Police in Kisumu have arrested six people suspected of raiding a hotel in Mamboleo estate and robbing guests, including a foreigner.

Kisumu County police commander Titus Yoma said the suspects colluded with a watchman at Ritz Hotel and stole assorted property.

The robbers also stole an iPad belonging to an American national, who was injured in the attack.

“Police officers, acting on a tip-off, waylaid the suspects, who had packed the items on a pickup (truck),” Mr Yoma said.

RISING CRIME

Mamboleo estate has seen a spike in robberies and burglaries in recent months.

Last Saturday, a house belonging to a Nation Media Group employee was broken into and a laptop, television and gas cooker among other household items stolen.

The thugs accessed the house through the kitchen window in the wee hours before stealing the items. The incident was reported to Mamboleo police post.

On Thursday, Mr Yoma said the six suspects arrested are among a gang that has been committing robberies in the area.

“We discovered a store where some of the stolen goods were kept. The house is located near Uzima University at Kanyakwar B,” the police officer said.

COURT

He said they were continuing with investigations adding that the suspects will be arraigned in court.

Kisumu County CID boss Geoffrey Kathurima called on members of the public to give information that would assist in investigations.

“The public must volunteer any information that can make us apprehend more suspects,” he said.

Mr Yoma disclosed that they were still pursuing the watchman who colluded with the six suspects during the raid at Ritz Hotel.

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