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Man in court for ‘theft’ of perfumes at supermarket

A suspected shoplifter caught stealing perfumes worth Sh3,743 at a supermarket in Ruai, Njiru sub-county in Nairobi was charged with theft contrary to section 268 (1) as read with section 275 of the penal code.

Mr. Simon Mwangi was charged with stealing two bottles of perfumes at the Naivas Supermarket on April 16, 2023.

He is facing an alternative charge of handling stolen property contrary to section 322 (1) of the penal code where he is accused of dishonestly retaining the perfumes having reasons to believe them to be stolen property.

Mr Mwangi, a matatu driver, went to the supermarket’s shelves where perfumes were on display and took the two bottles of perfumes which he allegedly pocketed.

He later attempted to leave the retail outlet without paying for the items he had picked.

Unfortunately, the anti-theft machines at the supermarket detected him and raised an alarm before he left.

Security guards and the management officials arrested him and returned him inside the supermarket where they reviewed the CCTV cameras and established that he had indeed picked the perfumes which he pocketed and eventually did not pay for before leaving.

The perfumes were recovered and taken for analysis to establish whether they were from the supermarket and the same was confirmed and the suspect was escorted to Ruai police station.

He denied the charges before Senior Principal Magistrate Mary Njagi of Makadara Law Courts.

Mr Mwangi was released on a cash bail of Sh5000. Hearing of the case will start on November 21 2023.

The accused person was charged exactly a month after a woman who stole a loaf of bread, milk, cake, chocolate and toothpaste at a supermarket in Kayole, Nairobi pleaded guilty to theft charges.

Yvonne Wambui Wanjiru admitted that she stole the items all valued at Sh1,500 at the Muhindi Mweusi Supermarket on March 14, 2023 after she was arraigned before Principal Magistrate Eric Mutunga.

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