Detectives, based in Nakuru's Bahati area, are hot in pursuit of a six-man gang that held a family hostage in a despicable night-long robbery, before escaping with valuables worth hundreds of thousands.
According to the police, the machete-wielding gang struck minutes before 9pm Tuesday night, stormed the house where a 7-member family was enjoying their quality time when they injured the man of the house before tying up the rest of the family members.
“After inflicting life-threatening injuries on the man of the house, the marauding gang then tied up the wife, daughter and three grandchildren aged between 10 and three, alongside their house help,” DCI said.
They would later ransack the entire house for over 9 hours, packing the four TV sets, four mobile phones, three gas cylinders, a HP laptop, fridge, mortar, bicycle, and assorted clothing’s among other valuables.
“The gang transferred Ksh80, 000 from the daughter's Mpesa account, and another Ksh 61,800 from her bank account. Satisfied with their kill and loaded the items into the family's Nissan,” DCI reports
They used the van to stage their daring escape at around 5.45am where soon after the family managed to free themselves and booked the robbery report at Bahati Police Station, where detectives initiated a manhunt for the criminal gang immediately.
“Hours of scrupulous pursuit of the perpetrators led detectives to Nakuru's Tuinuane area, where the stolen Nissan was found abandoned by the roadside,” DCI said.
According to police, the injured man continues to recuperate at a local hospital and efforts are being made to recover the stolen valuables and effect the arrest of the suspects.