Police in Nairobi County are holding four people who have allegedly been masquerading as police officers.

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The group was arrested along Thika Road on Friday and has been linked to a chain of criminal activities revolving around theft and robbery across the city.

The arrest was confirmed by Director of Criminal Investigations (DCI) George Kinoti who said that the four were found in possession of among others, police identification cards and handcuffs.

The suspects have been identified as Andrew Nzioki Kiilu, Peter Matata Mungeli, Joseph Ngui Nzunza and David Mwangi Gakuru.

The DCI said that the group has been targeting customers leaving banks within the city and its environs, with its operations including ATM robberies and drugging and robbing victims.

The police boss is now calling upon members of the public who have fallen victim to the gang to record their statements with the police as investigations intensify.

“All those that have been victims of ATM robberies or drugged, and their money stolen should report to the nearest DCI office," said the DCI as quoted by People Daily.

The police also impounded a white Toyota Axio which the suspects were driving in at the time of their arrest by officers from the Special Crime Prevention Unit (SCPU).

The officers have launched a manhunt for one suspect who managed to escape.