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Murang’a: Thugs used toy gun to rob a victim… arrested an hour later selling the loot

In Summary

  • Athman and his accomplice, who is still at large, are accused of stealing the victims mobile phone and KSh5,200 in cash.

A 36-year-old man was on Saturday evening arrested while selling a stolen mobile phone in Murang’a town.

Athman Karimi Kori is accused of stealing the gadget from a victim, Harrison Kuria, within Mumbi area as he was walking home.

According to the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI), Karimi together with his unidentified accomplice brandished an imitation pistol and held it against Kuria as they went for his pockets. They made away with his mobile phone and KSh5,200 in cash.

Just an hour later, Karimi was spotted in town trying to cash in on their acquired loot. He had approached a shop attendant to try and sell the phone.

Unfortunately for him, the attendant had already heard of Kuria’s predicament earlier and immediately recognised the phone once he saw it.

Muranga Police Station

“He tricked the seller to wait for him as he went to fetch money but in turn, he informed Kuria and alerted police officers based at Muranga Police Station,” reports the DCI.

The police officers, who responded promptly, arrived at the scene and arrested the suspect, recovering the toy gun that was used to scare off the victim.

“Efforts to trace his accomplice are still ongoing. He will be arraigned on Monday to answer to charges of robbery with violence,” adds the DCI.


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