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Kenyan cops find stolen transformers

KISUMU, Kenya, Aug 9 – Police in Kisumu have arrested a suspect found in the possession of six transformers belonging to the Kenya Power and Lighting Company (KPLC).

Nyanza police Chief Njue Njagi says that police arrested the suspect with the transformers valued at Sh3 million at Kibuye market following a tip-off.

Mr Njagi says that one transformer was found intact while five others had been dismantled.

The suspect operates a jua kali shed at the market where he had dismantled the transformers and arranged the copper wires ready for sale.

Mr Njagi said that police believe the suspect has been involved in the theft of transformers for a long time.

He says that KPLC Kisumu office is assisting police to establish where the transformers were stolen.

The police boss said more suspects were yet to be arrested in connection with the theft as the suspect is providing more information to the police.

The power company has raised alarm in the past over the theft of transformers as the replacement costs of vandalised and stolen electrical equipment was affecting the national economy in terms of lost productivity.

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