By John Mugendi
Police in Tharaka Nithi are hunting down a group of more than 10 gangsters who raided a coffee factory and injured the guards on duty before stealing sacks full of coffee worth millions Wednesday night.
The suspected criminals broke into Baragu Coffee Factory in Maara, spent about two hours sorting the bags that were packed with grade one type before loading them in a lorry they had parked in the compound.
The thieves reportedly demanded keys to the main gate from two night guards who were on duty, took away their weapons and tied their legs and arms with ropes before threatening to kill the guards in case they raised an alarm.
According to the area Assistant Chief Elizabeth Kaunda, the criminals might have been collaborating with some officials of the factory management as the incident seemed well-planned considering the way they selected the sacks containing high quality products.
Ms Kilunda said the guards were seriously injured but are receiving treatment and in stable condition at a local hospital.
Coffee farmers from the area have appealed to relevant authorities to ensure the culprits are brought to book, saying it was not the first time such an incident had occurred complaining of continous losses.
The farmers said it was unfortunate that police were not making arrests as once the commodity is stolen, it is usually sold at nearby factories.