Three suspected motor vehicle thieves have been arrested as they attempted to sell a stolen car.
Erick Kipkurui Kogo, Philemon Kiprotich Ng’eno and Joseph Achila Ondieki were arrested in Kericho’s Kipchimchim trading centre in an ongoing crackdown informed by numerous reports of motor vehicle thievery in the county.
The arrest followed a stolen car report filed on January 16, 2022 at Lietain Police Station, where a Toyota Probox (registration number KCQ 318K) was reported stolen from a car park.
The suspects replaced the original plate with KCU 994X before attempting to get rid of the motor vehicle.
“Aware that the vehicle had been circulated to all police units across the county and beyond, the suspects hid it for a week as they sourced for fake number plates and a potential buyer,” said DCI boss George Kinoti in a statement on Tuesday.
“Unbeknownst to them, a joint team of Kericho and Londiani detectives were on their trail, netting them at the location and recovering the motor vehicle,” added Kinoti.
The three are in custody while they go through legal procedures before arraignment.