A senior police officer was arrested on Monday night for allegedly stealing alcohol from a truck that was involved in a road accident.
Boya police station OCS William Cheruiyot was arrested together with four junior officers including Jane Chepkemei, Bernard Macharia, Samuel Maina, and Rodrick Laushuset.
The truck was ferrying alcohol to Kisumu from Nairobi when it got into an accident near Boya area in Ahero, according to Nyando police commander Leonard Matete.
Instead of guarding the truck against looters, Cheruiyot and his officers went on a looting spree. After receiving complaints from the crew of the ill-fated truck, Matete led an operation that led to the arrest of the five suspects.
Matete said they recovered 72 bottles of white pearl vodka after a search in Cheruiyot's house within Boya police station. Other officers were also busted drinking the looted alcohol at the station.
Appearing before Kisumu law courts judge Peter Gesora, the five denied stealing alcohol from a truck and were released on a cash bail of Sh300,000 each.
The court heard that alcohol worth Sh1.9 million was stolen from the truck and was the property of London distillers.