Residents of Mwingi town, Kitui county have decried increased rate of insecurity in the area.
On Monday at around 20;30 hrs, Croline Mawia, 25 years was confronted by John Mandela, a motorcycle rider ,snatched and escaped with her handbag that contained over ksh.10,000.
Confirming the incident, Mwingi central Deputy Sub-county police commander, Nicholus Mutua said after members of public saw what happened, they persuaded the suspect in his house but he managed to escape.
“The angry mob pulled out his motorcycle with Reg no. KMCX999B with intentions of setting it ablaze but it was rescued by police officers,”
According to Mutua, the suspect later surrendered himself to the station for fear of being lynched by the angry mob after thorough beating
Less than a week ago, three suspected thieves faced the wrath of angry mob, this is after they were cornered with five stolen goats which had gone missing at Mboru village near Mwingi town.
The five goats which were recovered were said to be among tens of goats which have gone missing in unclear circumstances in two months, making residents suspicious that there is a theft syndicate going on.
The three middle aged men are said to have been tracked down by residents to Mwingi town, where they were arrested and given a thorough beating. One of the key suspects is said to hail from Kithyoko in Machakos County and has been contracting young boys to steal commodities for him after which he would buy at a lower price.
However, the police arrived on time and rescued the three suspects alongside the five goats which had been recovered.
According to the residents, robbery and theft of goods have been on the rise at Mwingi in the recent past and their cry is to Mwingi security personnel to take control of the situation before it gets out of hand.
Samuel Mutito, the owner of the recovered goats urged Mwingi police to beef up security for the residents, because of late theft cases have gone to high and they fear that the worst is still yet to come if the situation is not arrested.