The Directorate of Criminal Investigations has issued a warning to the public over buying electronic gadgets like laptops, mobile phones, and TV sets from unregistered dealers.
The DCI advises members of the public to purchase electronic goods 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 notes that unregistered dealers trade in stolen goods some of which have been robbed from murdered victims.
“It 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.
“Don’t buy a device of a fellow murdered or maimed Kenyan. When police forensically investigate and 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,” a statement reads.
According to the DCI, anyone found in possession a stolen electronic gadget risks prosecution, including the maximum sentence.
“Being found with suspected stolen property, you suffer immediate consequences of the actual criminal, which may escalate to death sentences,” said the DCI.
At the same time, the DCI urged electronic dealers to record the details of sold goods for security purposes.
“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,” said the DCI.
“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.”