Police have warned the public against buying electronic gadgets including mobile phones, laptops and TV sets from unregistered dealers.
DCI has advised, “It is RISKY & DANGEROUS to buy any electronic device from suspicious outlets. Most are those who buy Stolen items from Armed Gangsters who have Violently robbed innocent Citizens & in the process Kill or Maim them. DON’T buy a device of a fellow Murdered or Maimed Kenyan. When Police Forensically Investigate & find you in possession of such said devices, by the time it is established that you were not involved in the crime, you may have suffered immensely.”
Adding, “Being found with suspected stolen property, you suffer immediate consequences of the Actual Criminal, which may escalate to Death Sentences.
We further urge Electronic Dealers to seize the IT/ICT technology & ensure they mark at the counter every electronic gadget bought by a customer as a value-added incentive with indelible initials as may please the customer for safety & security purposes.
This makes it hard for criminals to hawk it & easier for investigative agencies to track & identify.
DCI continued, “Equally, owners can mark in the same manner thro’ various private experts in the market. In case of any doubt that you may be harbouring any gadget of suspicious source, Please and in Confidence report at any Police Station or DCI Office.”
In a move aimed at curbing theft of electronic goods, the DCI says members of public should purchase from dealers who have “a fixed physical address and have conspicuously displayed the requisite authorization documents including licenses, permits and other local or national approvals.”
The DCI said unregistered dealers trade in stolen goods some of which have been robbed from murdered victims.
This is risky and dangerous to buy any electronic device from suspicious outlets. Most are those who buy stolen items from armed gangsters who have violently robbed innocent citizens and in the process kill and maim them.
The DCI further reiterated that in case anyone is found to have purchased a stolen electronic gadget they risk prosecution.
Electronic dealers have also been urged to record the details of sold goods for security purposes.
Back in 2015, Ugandan star Wyclef Wamala better known as Ambassada was charged with possessing a stolen iPad valued at Ksh65,000 belonging to Hapa Kule News show comedian Fred Omondi Owino.
The Kenyan-based Ugandan artiste who’s known for his hit song Watoto Inkane was charged alongside Evans Okongo and Michael Wandera and were later released on a bond as their case will be heard on May 5th.
This was because he had bought the iPad from the guys who stole it from the TV actor.
Eventually, the charges against Ambassada were dropped.
“My lawyer has been doing a very good job and finally all the charges made against me have been dropped,” Ambassada said back then.
Ambassada allegedly bought the iPad without knowing that it would land him in the dock.