Suspected thieves abandoned a Ksh 24 million county bulldozer that had gone missing in Kitui county.
Detectives tracked down the machine to a private residence in Ruiru, Kiambu County, after it was reported missing by county authorities.
County Criminal Investigations Officer Singi Nzioka on Tuesday, September 1, said a manhunt had been launched on the suspects.
The Kitui County government-owned bulldozer was recovered in Ruiru, Kiambu County, on September 1, 2020.
“At the moment, we are conducting the preliminary investigations and will soon be focusing on the real brains behind the bulldozer theft.
“Officers overseeing the leveling of roads in the area returned on August 26, 2020 to continue leveling but found the missing bulldozer,” Nzioka said.
A witness told investigators the bulldozer was transported by a private roller loader claiming they were taking the machines for maintenance.
The bulldozer was later discovered with its license plate removed and running out of fuel.
“The person found with, says he bought the bulldozer from a county government official, where he made a deposit of Ksh 150,000 and will pay the same amount every week,” part of a report read. ‘investigation.
In a separate incident in May 2018, detectives from Kitui CID and the county government recovered an assortment of hospital equipment worth millions of shillings that were allegedly removed from the County Referral Hospital. Kitui.
Detectives raided a private residence in central Muumoni on the outskirts of Kitui town where the loot was hidden.
Among the items recovered were brand new desktops, laptops, vacuum cleaners, microscopes, television screens, UPSs, surgical gloves, among others.
An assortment of hospital equipment worth several million shillings was reportedly stolen from the Kitui County Referral Hospital in 2018.