Detectives in Homa Bay have arrested four more suspects linked to rampant criminal activities within the county and its environs.
This brings to 12 the total number of suspects who have been arrested by the sleuths since last week.
Seven others were arrested in their hideouts in Shauri Yako Estate while one suspect was arrested in the neighboring Migori County.
"The suspected gangsters have been breaking into homes, making away with electronic gadgets and other valuables. They have also broken into shops, mosques, and churches," Homa Bay County Investigations Officer Abel Kavoo said.
He said it is suspected that the gang leader might have fled to a neighboring county and they have already launched a manhunt for him to ensure he is arrested.
Suspects in police custody
The four, together with eight of their accomplices, are being held at Homa Bay Police Station pending their arraignment.
Last week, the officers recovered a number of stolen items including refrigerators, photocopying machines, music systems, generators, computers, solar panels, and woofers among others.
The suspects are said to have been operating as a gang, engaging in a robbery with violence, burglary, and other criminal activities.
“The suspects are under interrogation and we expect them to name most of their accomplices before they are arraigned,'' Kavoo said.
The police urged residents to continue reporting such cases for investigations.
"Some of the suspected gangs usually operate in the full glare of police. It is unfortunate that some of our officers are suspected to be allegedly working with them to conceal such activities," he said.
Kavoo said the gang has a ready market for their stolen items.
"Rarely do the suspects take home the stolen items, they have a ready market and mainly bar owners who use big TV sets to show football matches to the revelers," Kavoo said.
He said the gang mainly targets electronics like TVs, fridges and gas cookers, woofers, basins, cutleries, and other household items.
The 12 suspects who are detained include two who are buyers of the stolen items while others are members of the gang.