Police in Naivasha are on the alert over a gang of three who pose as Safaricom staff but end up stealing from MPesa agents at gun point in the town.
According to Naivasha CID boss Martin Mbaya, the three are answerable for a majority of MPesa, wholesale shops, warehouses and supermarket thefts in the area.
“It is unfortunate that the wave of crime in the town is on the rise but we promise to address the issue. All we are calling for is cooperation from the public, we will handle the rest,” he said in Naivasha town on Monday.
He was speaking after visiting a crime scene in the area where two young men posing as taxi crew attempted to rob an MPesa agent who was coming from Equity Bank but their efforts were frustrated after she raised the alarm. The two escaped on an awaiting motorbike.
“They will run but they won’t hide forever, we are in communication with our counterparts from different departments and soon, they will be in our custody,” he reassured.
Detectives have now been deployed in Naivasha town to help arrest the suspects further asking residents to help in giving leads that will facilitate their arrests.
Traders in Naivasha’s main market and town centre have complained of numerous losses in the hands of the gang, and blamed the police of sleeping on their job.
An MPesa agent Anne Kioma said “I was attacked when I was planning to take my day’s sales to the bank. They made me believe that they are from Safaricom head office to check on how different agents were faring on in the county, before I realised, a gun was drawn and they managed to make way with more than Sh45,000,”
Mbaya further revealed that they were in the process of raising more police check points in the area to help fight crime.