A police officer is among five suspects who were arrested on Sunday morning for allegedly stealing materials being used in the ongoing construction of the Nairobi Express Way along Mombasa road.
Thomas Odira Musasa, an officer attached to the Criminal Investigation Patrol Unit (CIPU), was on Saturday deployed to guard the Express Way but instead led four civilians to the construction site where they were caught stealing the materials.
The police say that the officer and other suspects - Andrew Kones Ntikiya a guard at the construction site, Ephantus Mwangi a driver and owner of the motor vehicle that had been loaded with the stolen goods, Samuel Kariuki and Samuel Mutembei - were caught stealing pipes from the site worth Ksh275,200.
“The property of Cale Constructions Company was recovered and retained as exhibits," the police said.
The police said that the suspects were nabbed by police officer Peter Lang'at who is also from the CIPU division.
Lang'at alongside other police officers is said to have been on mobile patrol along the expressway at around 4 am when they came across the suspects loading the pipes into a pickup.
“The pickup was parked outside site K8+500 with five pieces of the pipes already loaded in it,” the police added.
The police officers said that when they questioned the suspects of where they intended to take the materials and who authorised them to take them but failed to explain, they nabbed them and took them to the police station.
The suspects are currently being held in police cells as they await to be arraigned in court on Monday, February 14.