Kenyan police say thieves tried to break into the home of Sarah Obama, the grandmother of U.S. presidential hopeful Barack Obama.

The 85-year-old Obama told police and Kenyan media that the break-in attempt occurred early Wednesday at her home in the western village of Kogelo.  

She told a Kenyan newspaper, The Daily Nation, that the thieves tried to get into the house through the kitchen door and then tried to remove a solar panel from the roof.  

Police say they have arrested four suspects in connection with the incident and are now giving Obama 24-hour protection.

Barack Obama was born to a white American mother and a Kenyan father.  The Democratic Party candidate is wildly popular among Kenyans, who take pride in his run for the presidency.

Sarah Obama is his step-grandmother.

Some information for this report was provided by Reuters.