Two robbers escaped death last night after escaping from hands angry Kabuabua residents in Mukothima ward, Tharaka Nithi County who were baying for their blood after they were busted stealing from a shop in Kabuabua Market at around 3 am.
However, the two unidentified men were forced to flee for their lives leaving behind a Toyota probox vehicle fully loaded with shop items stolen, after the locals barricaded Kabuabua-Gatithini road which the two men had used to escape.
After offloading the items, the angry residents immediately set the vehicle on fire reducing it to a wreck over what they said is theft that has become rampant in the area, and which is happening in the watch of security officers responsible for providing security.
According to Njau a resident of Kabuabua, he was called by a woman who reside at the market and informed that a shop belonging to a business man only identified as Mugao had been broken into by robbers and thus they needed a reinforcement to intercept the vehicle before they fled.
Njau responded by making several calls to other residents in an attempt to block all the roads leading out of the market to ensure the stolen items would be rescued and if possible nab the two men.
In a short moment residents who neigbours the market had already blocked the possible market exit roads armed to the teeth, thanks to the alarms raised by women at the market.
Realizing they had been cornered, the two men hurriedly left the market headed for Gatithini Market speeding irregardless of the barriers put on the road across Thiiti Bridge but upon reaching Gatithini-Thangatha junction they were overpowered by residents and fled into the nearby millet plantation abandoning their vehicle.
The charged residents offloaded the items stolen ranging from maize flour, honey, sugar among others, before setting the probox ablaze at the spot.
They said this is not the first time theft in the area is happening but it is a vice that has become rampant where last week a motorbike was stolen from the same market without trace to date.
“Last week a new motorbike belonging to a filling station guard at the market was stolen and from then we vowed to teach the thieves a lesson. Today we have nabbed two of them who have been lucky to escape but they have left their vehicle with us,’’ said Mr. Mwaniki, a teacher at Kabuabua Girls secondary school.
Residents here warned robbers terrorizing locals that their days are numbered as they will not relent in keeping vigils to their locality.
They said any thief apprehended will be dealt with by the residents since police officers have a tendency of releasing the thieves without any action, thieves who later returns to stealing in the locality.