A bodaboda rider who allegedly snatched a pedestrian’s mobile phone and sped off before he was tricked into the police station where he was arrested denied theft charges.

Mr Samuel Maroa Chacha is charged with stealing from a person a phone worth Sh15, 200 along the Baba Ndogo – Allsops road in Ruaraka, Nairobi, on November 30, contrary to section 279 (a) of the penal code.

Mr. Khavath was on his way from Donholm estate to Baba Ndogo estate to visit a colleague who was sick and alighted from a matatu at the Dawanol flyover at around 10 am and crossed the road.

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He reached for his phone to call his colleague for directions to his house, but before he could make the call, the phone was snatched by a motorcyclist heading to Baba  Dogo.

Khavath got the motorcycle’s registration number before the rider disappeared and proceeded to Ruaraka police station, where he made a report.

He then left the station and went to the same point where the theft had happened. While walking towards Baba Dogo area, he found the motorcycle at a bodaboda stage where Mr. Chacha was waiting for passengers together with other riders.

He requested him to take him to Ruaraka police station and Mr Chacha, not knowing he had been busted, obliged and the two proceeded to the station.

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On arrival at the station, Mr Khavath alerted the police officers who arrested Mr Chacha.

Mr Chacha denied the theft charges when he was arraigned before Senior Principal Magistrate Mary Njagi of Makadara Law Courts.

He was released on a surety bond of Sh20, 000 and an alternative cash bail of Sh15,000. The accused person will also have to avail a contact person who will assure the court that the suspect will attend court for trial.

The case will be heard from February 2 next year.

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