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The 9 suspected members of a dreaded criminal gang nabbed by DCI. Photo: DCI Twitter

DCI’s dragnet nab notorious gang of 9 during a stealth operation in Nyali, Mombasa.

Officers from the Directorate of Criminal investigations DCI based in Nyali have nabbed nine members of a notorious criminal gang Thursday June 25, after a tipoff from the members of the public.

According to a statement by the DCi the nine were arrested during an early morning sting operation at an apartment in Nyali Mombasa County.

“Nine suspects of car breaking and theft who have been operating within Mombasa County were today in the wee hours of the morning arrested by DCI Nyali detectives following a stealth operation at Furaha Apartments Hse no. A08 in Nyali, Mombasa,” part of the statement read.

The gang that is comprised of youths below the age of 30 years had three ladies with the youngest being a 21-year-old.

Three motor vehicles registration KCV 751S Toyota Allion, KBV 161Q Toyota Mark X and KCG 448C Nissan Note believed to be getaway cars used by the gang during and after criminal operations have also been detained as investigations continue.

Also recovered during the operation were several rolls of bhang, shisha pot, a packet of shisha, Ksh. 100,000 in one thousand note denominations and assorted mobile phones.

Nyali Sub County Police Commander Daniel Masaba revealed that the gang has been on their radar over a period of time and with help from the public and security cameras they were able to track them down.

“The gang has been terrorizing residents, breaking into cars and houses. We started pursuing them in the whole of Mombasa County, put in place strategies and also got a tip-off from the public… We were also aided by CCTV footage installed around the area which helped us in confirming their identities,” the police boss explained.

Masaba added that the nine suspects are set to be arraigned in court but they are currently in custody for further questioning as investigations continue.

The gang has been trailing motorists who withdraw money from banks and break into their cars, also making away with valuables such as laptops.