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Serial burglar charged with break ins, theft at Nairobi’s top hotels

A man accused of breaking into multiple city hotels and stealing from guests has been arrested and charged.

While appearing before Chief Magistrate Francis Andayi, Chacha John Mwita pleaded not guilty to three counts of the offence of burglary.

The court was told that the accused broke into rooms of two hotels and stole valuables and cash in both Kenyan as well as foreign currencies.

The prosecution told the court that on May 4 the accused broke into Clarion Hotel and stole $1,300, Sh6,000 as well as assorted ATM and visa cards from one Sandeep Veetil.

On the same date, he is accused of breaking into a room belonging to one Ousu Kwasi at the Nairobi Safari Club and stealing a laptop.

STOLEN ITEMS

The court also heard how the accused stole another Dell laptop valued at Sh 80,000, a Samsung A5 phone valued at Sh 50,000 and a Lenovo one worth Sh 30,000 from Tello Masasane at the Clarion Hotel.

He is further accused of stealing from one Venkata Mekala goods worth $1,650 from his Safari Club hotel’s room on May 15.

He was arrested on Thursday and kept in police custody before being arraigned in court on Friday.

Through his lawyer, the accused requested the court to have the police take him to hospital to get treatment since he was beaten up at the time of his arrest.

Mwita, who had visible swellings on his body, was freed on Sh600,000 bond or an alternative cash bail of Sh400,000. The case will be mentioned on June 4.