Police in Trans Nzoia County have managed to corner and arrest cattle rustling suspects who broke out of their cell and stole three guns from an armory at Sikhendu Police Station in Kitale last month.
Three guns and rounds of ammunition have been recovered after residents volunteered information that led to the arrest of the suspects following a 12-day operation.
Two of the suspects had been arrested for taking part in a cattle theft incident, but they escaped the cell through the ceiling, broke into the armory, and stole guns.
Gabriel Simiyu, believed to be the mastermind of the raid at the police station, was arrested on Monday from his hideout in Kamukuywa.
His other two accomplices were identified as Daniel Wanjala Sindani and Samuel Wafula Barasa.
Kiminini OCPD John Onditi said one of the rifles, a Liyai, was recovered from an abandoned building in Kamukuywa, Kimilili Sub-county in Bungoma County.
“We have not rested since the guns were stolen. We have been looking for these weapons day and night. We finally managed to recover all three guns and arrest the culprits,” Onditi said, as reported by the Standard.
The other two guns, an AK-47 and an FN, were recovered in sugarcane plantations.
The police also recovered G3 magazines, which didn’t belong to the stolen guns.
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