Stolen county containers worth Ksh.700K found in man’s house, two years later

Homa Bay County Assembly. Photo/Courtesy
Homa Bay County Assembly. Photo/Courtesy

Police in Homa Bay have recovered two county containers worth Ksh 700,000 that were stolen from the county’s department of roads two years ago.

The cargo containers belonging to Ocean Freight Limited, a shipping company, reportedly disappeared between May 5, 2017 and April 3, 2018.

They had been used to transport road maintenance equipments from Mombasa to Homa Bay county offices.

Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) officers discovered one container in Kochola East A village, Asao Location in Nyakach Sub County on Monday evening.

Preliminary reports indicate that the suspect received the container directly from a county government officer.

According to Homa Bay DCI commander Daniel Wachira, the container was recovered after the suspect sold it a client in Kismu Town.

However, the client is said to have returned the container on Sunday evening after getting wind that it was stolen property.

The police boss revealed that the suspect disappeared after that and a manhunt has been launched.

The second container had been recovered 12 days ago recovered in Muhoroni Town, Kisumu County and one suspect arrested.

In August, former county Chief Officer in the Department of Roads Chris Agong’ and Roads Inspector John Paul Otieno were arrested in connection with the theft.

They were charged in court and later released on Ksh.200,000 bail each and bond of Ksh.500,000.

The hearing is scheduled for October 22.

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