Crocodile thieves arrested in Malindi

Police have arrested two people for stealing crocodiles at a Malindi farm in Kilifi County.

Malindi police boss Matawa Muchangi said the suspects were arrested at around 5pm while trying to sneak the reptiles, aged three years from Mr Mark Stephen’s farm.

“The suspects had concealed three crocodiles in sacks but the third crocodile had died due to suffocation,” he added.

Mr Muchangi told the Nation in his office that the farm owner alerted police after hearing movements at his backyard.

“Police arrived at the scene and found the suspects, who are employees at the farm, with the crocodiles,” he said.

He said the two will be charged with the offence of stealing by servant.

Meanwhile, nine sailors were rescued after their ship stalled at sea after developing mechanical problems.

“The ship was carrying scrap metal weighing about 300 tonnes before the steering got mechanical hitch,” he said.

Kenya Navy officers used a tugboat to pull the ship to the shore.

The ship is from Comoros and was destined to Tanzania when it drifted in the Indian Ocean following the hitch.


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