Nairobi crime wave alert

Detectives with the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) in Nairobi are raising concerns about a surge in criminal activity. A gang of four individuals has been targeting unsuspecting bank customers who withdraw significant amounts of cash, causing distress within the city and its surroundings.

The modus operandi of this criminal group involves one of its members posing as a customer within the bank, observing and identifying potential victims, especially those making substantial cash withdrawals. This operative discreetly communicates with their accomplices, who maintain a lookout from the parking area.

The gang employs a rented vehicle with false license plates to trail their targets to a chosen location before executing their theft, employing any means necessary to abscond with the money, as explained by the DCI.

In a recent incident on October 7, the gang struck a client as he exited DTB Bank situated in Diamond Plaza, Parklands. The unsuspecting victim left Ksh1.5 million in his Mazda CX5 vehicle in the parking lot briefly while he visited a nearby shop. Upon returning, he found that the gang, using a Nissan Note with counterfeit plates, had broken into his vehicle and fled with the cash. The DCI Parklands branch is actively investigating this incident.

Another ongoing investigation by DCI detectives in Langata involves theft from a locked motor vehicle. In this case, a member of the public lost not only the cash he had withdrawn but also a school bag, a laptop, and a mobile phone, all of which he had left inside his car while he visited a supermarket.

CCTV footage shared on social media by the DCI on October 16 illustrates the gang using a white car with seemingly fake number plates, parking next to the victim’s car shortly after he left for the supermarket.

The DCI is urging the public to provide any information that may assist in dismantling this dangerous criminal gang through their toll-free hotline at 0800 722 203.

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