A notorious livestock thief arrested for a second time in Lugari

The suspect Caleb Mwambi (left) with some of the animals he allegedly stole back in August. File photo.

A notorious livestock thief has been arrested with a stolen cow in Lugari sub county a few days after being released by the court on a cash bail after he was found with five stolen cows and a sheep in August.

Caleb Mwambi Shivonje a renowned businessman at Mwamba trading center in Lumakanda ward was arrested trying to sell the cow at a throw away price in Bondeni village Mwamba sub location.

The expected buyer became suspicious of Mwambi’s low asking price but continued to negotiate for him to lower it more.

On reaching an agreement the expected buyer told him that he didn’t have enough money and moved aside pretending to look for extra money to pay for the cow but he instead called police officers from Turbo Riverside station in Uasin Gishu County who later handed him to Turbo police station in Lugari Sub County.

 It was later established that the cow had been stolen from retired chief Mr. Jonathan Masika Mutoro’s home in Siyenga village, Likuyani location who had reported the theft at the Turbo police station.

The suspect will be arraigned in court on Monday but the Officer Commanding Turbo police Station (OCS) has asked to advise the court on stern measures as the community is against Mwambi’s stay in Mwamba and Sosiani villages. 

On August 22nd this year the suspect was arrested by officers from Kogo police post after stolen cows were found hidden and feeding inside a house in his compound in Sango sub location.

The suspect was arraigned in an Eldoret court before being released recently on a cash bail and resumed his criminal activities.