Mysterious gang targeting Kigumo churches: Over 18 chapels robbed in weeks

for Tv47 Digital October 25, 2022, 07:03 AM
The vehicle that was supposed to carry the loot when robbers broke into AIPCA Mukuyu-ini Church in the outskirts of Kangari town in Kigumo Constituency on the night of Sunday, October 23 2022.

Over 18 churches have been broken into in Kangari Ward, Kigumo Constituency of Murang'a County in the recent past.

This is according to reports filed at Kangari Police Station. AIPCA Mukuyu-ini Church in the outskirts of Kangari town was the latest victim on Sunday, October 23 night for the second time now.

This time round though unlike last time when they lost equipment worth hundreds of thousands of shillings, they were able to raise alarm before the perpetrators made away with three speakers that they had already secured and hidden in a nearby thicket. 

Residents show journalists how thieves broke into AIPCA Mukuyu-ini Church in Kangari. PHOTO | COURTESY

According to Julius Ng'ang'a, the chairperson of men fellowship in the church who stays just a stone's throw away, he heard commotion in the chapel at around 5 am in the morning and alerted other neighbours. 

That's when the robbers ran away leaving the speakers behind. A pick-up truck believed to have been in waiting to load the proceeds was also towed to Kangari Police Station. A phone and other documents were also recovered and this has helped to nab two suspects so far including the owner of the vehicle.

Members of the church assess the damage done by robbers who attempted to rob the sound system on Sunday, October 23 night. PHOTO | Joe Gathuya

Reverend Jeff Kariuki has condemned the act, asking business persons not to buy second-hand electronics without verifying their origin.

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