Bungoma Police arrest two in connection to Sh 2 million theft from a fuel station
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Bungoma Police have arrested two men in connection with reported theft of Sh2.615 000 million from the M-Big Petrol Station in Bungoma.
Timothy Wekesa Wepukhulu and Kennedy Namuranda were caught by the Bungoma CID after watching CCTV camera that had been installed by the company which captured the two as being part of the gang that had committed the crime.
According to the Bungoma South OCPD Amos Cheboi, the robbery had been premeditated as the police suspected that about six robbers had been in the premises earlier on before the crime was committed with some of them pretending to be customers.
Cheboi affirmed that the two are under police custody and investigations are still going on to arrest the rest of the gang before being prosecuted according to the law.
Meanwhile, seven suspected robbers were Wednesday arraigned at the Bungoma courts following a robbery that took place Tuesday night in Siritanyi area within Bungoma County.
The suspects James Wafula Mukhebi, Hillary Wafula Otulia, Issac Nyongesa Makino, Davis Ruta Masirawe, Edward Okumu Wekesa, Daddes Wafula Barasa and Triza Makokha had broken into the house of Robert Wafula a resident of the area and ordered him and his wife to lie down as they beat them up while the rest of the gang moved property from their house.
According to Mr. Wafula, the robbers escaped with his radio changer, speakers, flasks, kettle, radio, clothes, land agreement and cash Sh.3, 000. The Stolen property in total had value of over Sh. 30,000.
“It was around twelve at midnight when I heard a loud bang on my door, I woke up to find out what was going on, that’s when I noticed that my door had been broken and around ten people were in my house. They ordered us to lie down on our bed and cover ourselves then went ahead and beat us, they threatened to kills us as they left our room and after a while I stood up to see what was happening and realized that the robber had made a way with our property and locked us in” he said.
Mr. Wafula revealed that he had raised alarm which woke up his neighbors who came to their rescue although it was too late as the robbers had already escaped. Luck was still on his side because when he came to report the matter to the police in the morning of the following day, he found some of the items the thieves had stolen as they had been caught by the police while escaping.
Cheboi confirmed that his officers had been patrolling the area when they noticed a suspicious man carrying a bag; they arrested him, who took them to their hideout where they were able to recover other stolen properties and arrest the other six members of the gang.
Cheboi has asked the public to report any suspicious people in their areas to the police and urged those who had been robbed to avail themselves at the police station and identify their stolen items. He said that the police have improved security in the region especially during this rainy season whereby the criminals take advantage of the heavy long rains to commit crime.