A police vehicle that was missing from a government yard has today been found in Mwingi, Kitui County.
Mwingi is some 172km from the Security of Government Buildings Police Line in Shauri Moyo where the vehicle had been parked.
Detectives investigating the case said a suspect, an Administration Police officer, led them to the location of the vehicle.
He was captured on highway CCTV cameras driving the car along Thika HighwayPolice handling the case said the officer was wearing a balaclava as he drove on the highway to avoid being detected.
He had also altered number plates of the car.
The officer is being held for further questioning with reports indicating a search for possible accomplices has been activated.
The Toyota Land Cruiser pick-up, GKA 024V, had been parked for two months at the police yard in Nairobi since October 4, 2019.
It is unknown what time it was stolen but corporal Cyrus Nyandago who had parked it there went to check on it on December 2 and found it still parked.
A day later, he found it missing.
He then made a report at the station.
The vehicle belongs to the transport pool at Jogoo House.Cases of vehicles disappearing in police yards are not new.
In January 2019, police constable Gabrielle Matata was held over the disappearance of the car from the Nyeri Police Station yard. It had been rendered as unroadworthy.
#ARRESTED|Flying Squad Detectives yesterday evening arrested Police Constable Elias Shikuku, @DCI_Kenya officer attached to Pokot South.The officer is suspected to have stolen a Toyota Land Cruiser that was detained at the Unit’s Yard in 2017, changed the number plates & sold it. pic.twitter.com/7NZ8u1EXRb— DCI KENYA (@DCI_Kenya) November 30, 2018
On November 30, 2018, another constable Elias Shikuku was arrested for allegedly stealing a car that was detained at a police unit in Pokot South, changed its number plates and sold it.
The vehicle was found in Mombasa.