A police officer involved in car theft syndicate investigations has gone missing. The officer is said to have gone missing shortly after being discharged from St Mary’s Hospital following an attack in Kakamega County on Sunday night. The officer’s wife yesterday recorded a statement at the Kakamega Police Station.
She said she has not heard from her husband since he left for Port Victoria on board a police vehicle. Kakamega CID boss Ambrose Munyasia confirmed a complaint had been recorded by the family. He said there were reports of an attack on the police car in Matungu although information on the assault remains scanty.
The officer had been admitted to hospital with multiple injuries after being attacked by armed thugs while on duty. He was stabbed several times in the thigh and hands and left for dead. Last month, the officer was involved in busting a car theft syndicate that involved stealing cars in Kakamega and transporting them to Mombasa.
Four vehicles and a car engine were recovered. Four suspects, including the son of a prominent cleric in Kakamega, were arrested. The suspects have since been charged in a Mombasa court and are out a Sh2 million bond. Multiple sources, while commenting on the latest incident, claim the officer’s predicament arise from the fact that the squad is seeking revenge.
“The officer is holding crucial information on the gang’s operations. In the last operation, he led police officers to the suspects hideouts leading to the arrests,” said a source who asked not to be named. The source added that the officer recently received a hand delivered letter and upon opening it, he reportedly found a bullet wrapped in the envolpe. Munyasia said they had not received information about the letter and said investigations will be launched to identify its source. - By DOUGLAS DINDI