How two women narrowly escaped lynching for theft in Kahawa Wendani
Two women who are suspected to have been stealing from members of the public narrowly escaped death on Wednesday evening in Kahawa Wendani after police officers saved them from an angry mob that was about to lynch them.
The two were in the process of using an envelope containing only Sh50 to steal from a woman when members of the public got hold of them. A male accomplice fled after the two were cornered.
According to residents, the two women have been walking around with the envelope which they use to bait their victims.
“The envelope trick is an old fashioned method of theft which some of these criminal still use to steal from unsuspecting members of the public,” one resident said.
These know for using this trick usually drop an envelope with a Sh50 note on the top and newspapers on the bottom.
They then wait for a person to pick it up and the victim will be asked to get a private place where he or she can go and count the money.
However, before the victim leaves, they are asked to part with some cash or other valuables.
It is a common method of theft within Nairobi’s Central Business District (CBD) especially in the wee hours of the morning.