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Mob beats 2 suspected thieves as 4 escape in Kitui


Jan 7, 2023
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Two suspected thieves were on Thursday beaten up by an irate mob after they were caught stealing at a rental house at Site Estate in Kitui town.

The two middle-aged men who were among six others had sneaked into the apartment and broken into three houses.

The trio had stolen electronic goods and other valuables ready to load them on a waiting Toyota Axio car parked outside the gate when they were nabbed.

It is said that a neighbour identified as Mary Mutisya at an adjacent apartment heard unusual noise and commotions coming from the building as the suspected gangsters broke the main doors of the three units of two-bedroomed houses, prompting her to tiptoe towards the scene in an attempt to establish the cause of the unusual noise.

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“I heard a loud bang that attracted my attention and I got concerned to find out what was happening at a neighbouring plot. I quietly paved from my house windows and surprisingly I saw three unknown men armed with crude iron bars which they used to break the doors,” she said.

Mary immediately called the neighbours and alerted them of the unknown men who were busy breaking the doors and at the same time she alerted the owners of the houses.

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After that, before the residents gathered she also filmed the robbery from a hidden location ensuring that her presence remained unknown.

The owners of the houses rushed to the scene accompanied by a convoy of bodabodas men catching the thieves off guard stealing from the already broken houses.

The unexpected arrival of the owners only caught them off guard, however, four escaped with the driver who was in the waiting car parked outside and the mob got hold of two.

The duo who did not manage to escape pleaded with the mob who attempted to lynch them after a thorough beating.

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The chaos attracted the attention of police officers who arrived at the place of the incident and rescued the two suspects who had been imposed with serious injuries by the angry mob who as they burned them and stripped them naked.

Confirming the incident Kitui County police boss Leah Kithei said that the two were admitted to the hospital with serious injuries where they are waiting to be taken to court for judgment.

“Security officials are hunting the other suspects who escaped,” she added.

The incident comes in the wake of a series of housebreaking crimes in the area.

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