Per­sis­tent thieves fi­nally steal Sh2.5m cof­fee in Mu­rang’a

The Star (Kenya) - - Counties Central -

Af­ter two failed at­tempts, per­sis­tent thieves have stolen Sh2.5 mil­lion cof­fee from Kiru-Kiruru cof­fee fac­tory in Kiri­aini town, Mu­rang’a county. They al­legedly tied the hands of four guards and threw them in a fer­men­ta­tion tank.

The cof­fee was to be packed yes­ter­day for milling. Farm­ers who ex­pected money in their ac­counts af­ter days of hard work are now a frus­trated lot. The fac­tory is three kilo­me­tres from Mathioya deputy county com­mis­sioner’s of­fice.

Its man­ager Jackson Ki­maru said they learnt about the theft yes­ter­day at 5am. He said the guards, who said the rob­bers un­chained them af­ter their mis­sion, were ar­rested. Fac­tory vice chair­man Joseph Kari­ithi said in the first at­tempted theft, farm­ers re­cov­ered the cof­fee from the bushes.

In the sec­ond at­tempt, a watch­man crawled from un­der the dry­ing beds and blew a whis­tle, send­ing the scared thieves in dif­fer­ent di­rec­tions. Kari­ithi said af­ter the first two at­tempts, the man­age­ment con­tracted armed po­lice of­fi­cers, but the fac­tory could not sus­tain their pay.

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