Police officers have arrested 14 suspects and recovered several electronic gadgets during a raid in Kisii town.
In a statement issued by the National Police Service, police seized 351 mobile phones, 20 laptops, and 13 tablets.
They also managed to recover 21 hard drives in the raid that was conducted on Wednesday, October 18, led by officers from Kisii central sub-county.
The items were suspected to have been stolen from members of the public over the past months.
Photo of recovered phones and laptops following a police raid in Kisii town on October 18, 2023
National Police Service
Police detained the suspects as the investigations commenced and stored the seized items as exhibits to be presented in court.
However, the National Police Service has yet to disclose the charges preferred on the suspects.
Earlier, detectives nabbed four other suspects linked to mobile phone theft in Nairobi CBD.
The sleuths drawn from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI), had trailed the four suspects, two Kenyans and two Ugandans, for a few weeks.
DCI ascertained that the Ugandans, who were cornered with a parcel of 13 smartphones, supplied the items to a black market in their home country.
The two foreigners led the DCI detectives to a shop within CBD where their accomplices sold the stolen items to unsuspecting buyers.
“The detectives from the elite Crime Research & Intelligence Bureau based at the DCI Nairobi Regional Command have cast their nets wider for more suspects in what is believed to be an elaborate syndicate sneaking stolen mobile phones to neighbouring countries,” read part of the DCI statement released on Monday, October 14.
DCI asked victims to file reports at the nearest police stations to recover their stolen items.
DCI headquarters in Nairobi.