Two suspected female thieves were brutalized by residents for allegedly stealing from unsuspecting members of the public, using fake money, in Kahawa Wendani in Nairobi, Kenya.
It was gathered that the suspects identified as Sarah Naboso and Mary Njeri, mostly target young ladies, house helps, and elderly people.
According to local media, the suspects have allegedly been using an old trick of walking around with an envelope with fake money on one side, which they drop in front of their victim.
When the victim picks it up, they demand that the money be split into two as they had also seen it.
The victim has to be the one counting the money and has to leave some of her cash to seem trustworthy to the conmen, and that is how they make away with the victim’s money and valuables.
In an interview with journalists, Kenyan activist, Derrick Mbugua said the suspects have been terrorising Kahawa Wendani residents for a very long time and mostly target house helps, young ladies who sell in shops and elderly people.
“They are very cunning, they pretended not to know each other and yet they were together. One man ran away,” he said.
“Today, they targeted the wrong person by saying they have money and wanted to split it; by the time they were done with her she had lost KSh 2030 to be used for shopping was missing,”
“That’s when she screamed and the mob acted quickly. The two ladies were rescued by Kahawa Wendani officers and are cooling their heels at the police station,” he added.
Two victims who lost phones in shops have identified the suspects and recorded statements at the police station as well.