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Kenya police arrests five suspected criminals for stealing livestock worth over Sh2million

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On Tuesday morning, police in Kenya captured five suspected thieves carrying cattle valued over Sh2 million along the Naivasha-Longonot route.

The accused thieves were discovered in a lorry full of stolen sheep by Naivasha-based cops, according to the reports.

According to the Directorate of Criminal Investigations, the van was on its way to Nairobi when it was intercepted by sleuths acting on intelligence leads (DCI).

The sheep were stolen from a herder in Longonot’s Mirera district, according to the agency.

“The sheep were taken from a herder in Longonot’s Mirera district, only two weeks after another herder lost animals worth more than Sh2.5 million,” according to the DCI.

 

The authorities said that rogue sellers have taken advantage of the increased demand for meat by stealing animals from herders in counties, in what looks to be a new crime wave sweeping the country.

“The animals are rushedly butchered and given to city Nyama choma restaurants at the established Dagoretti and Kiamaiko cattle marketplaces,” according to the report.

According to the agency, investigators apprehended a butcher who runs a chain of Nyama Choma eateries along Nairobi’s eastern bypass after animals went missing in nearby Machakos county after an operation in December 2021.

They are still being held in custody for arraignment, according to police.

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