In Summary
  • A five-man gang that was shot dead during a robbery at Gatitu was part of a group on a mission to steal coffee from factories.
  • On Sunday morning, two suspected robbers were shot dead by police during an attempted robbery at a bar.
  • Among three others who escaped was a man in whose house police stumbled on the 10 tonnes of stolen coffee.
  • Investigations led to the house where the coffee was stashed.

Police have linked two robbers who were shot dead earlier this week and a man found with 10 tonnes of stolen parchment to coffee theft cartels operating in Central Kenya.

Following the biggest discovery of coffee stolen in a wave of robberies in the region, police say they now have a lead on the cartels.

A five-man gang that was shot dead during a robbery at Gatitu was part of a group on a mission to steal coffee from factories.

Central Regional Police Coordinator Larry Kieng’ said the discovery of the coffee in one of the suspects’ houses provided a crucial clue about the cartel that has stolen over 1,000 bags in Nyeri, Kirinyaga and Murang’a this year.

“This is a major breakthrough,” said Mr Kieng’.

On Sunday morning, two suspected robbers, one of them a former soldier, were shot dead by police during an attempted robbery at a bar.

Three others escaped on motorcycles and police began a search for them.

STOLEN COFFEE FOUND

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