Politics and policy
Police recover Sh10m worth of stolen healthcare items
Posted Thursday, July 19 2012 at 14:27
Police in Athi River have recovered a consignment of manila papers and pharmaceuticals worth Sh10 million believed to have been stolen from a warehouse in Embakasi area of Nairobi.
Confirming the incident, Athi River OCPD Charles Kiriinya said police were informed of suspicious goods stored in a godown in a remote part of Athi River. They raided the premises and impounded surgical drugs packaged in 823 cartons and two rims of manila papers but no arrests have so far been made.
“The manila papers were coated with highly flammable wax and we have taken samples to the government chemist for examination,” Mr. Kiriinya said.
Two weeks ago, officials from Phillips Healthcare Technologies had reported to Embakasi police station the theft of goods from their warehouse. Police believe that what they have recovered is part of the stolen items.
According to Philips Healthcare regional sales manager Fredrick Mudhai, the company had imported 1728 cartons of disinfectants used for sterilization of surgical tools and stored them in our warehouse at Panari House on Mombasa road. “But on the morning of 7th July, we found that the holding container had been broken into and the goods missing,” he said.
The recovered pharmaceuticals were handed over to Embakasi police where the theft was reported to ascertain ownership but the manila papers are still at Athi River police station.
Police are still carrying out investigations to find the owner of the godown where the goods were recovered and the whereabouts of the other missing cartons.