Police in Thika have arrested two middle-aged women on suspicion of sedating and attempting to steal from another woman in Thika town.
The two were arrested near a bank on Uhuru Street, where they had been spotted by a security guard, trying to trick their victim into surrendering her possessions to them.
“I saw the two women approach and talk to the victim. After about five minutes, the victim gave them her handbag and phone before asking her to walk away. As the suspects approached where I was, I stopped them and interrogated them,” said the guard.
Upon realising that they might have been cornered, one of them attempted to run away but she was accosted by a security guard manning a neighbouring bank.
The security guard, who cornered the suspects, explained that the victim looked confused as they tried to enquire about the incident.
He explained that the manner in which the suspects executed their mission was planned so well that it was difficult for anyone to detect anything fishy.
“These ladies look very harmless and anyone would be excused to assume that they are just innocent pedestrians. They handle their victims in such a manner that people would be hoodwinked to think they are together,” said the security guard.
The suspects’ arrest attracted a huge crowd, who bayed for their blood, forcing the police to use force to disperse the irate crowd, before bundling the two women into a waiting van.
The women are currently being held at Thika Police Station.
When word went round that two women had been arrested after “using charms” to steal from one woman, several ex-victims went to identify the culprits.
Two among them positively identified the suspects, confirming that they were responsible for the loss of their money and possessions worth over KSh100, 000 – on separate but similar circumstances.
Thika Deputy OCPD Bernard Ayoo has cautioned citizens against entertaining strangers into lengthy discussions, especially if the strangers show interest in their personal lives.
Ayoo said that the suspects, in most instances, approach their targets near banks, pretending to be asking for directions.
“When the victim starts to talk to them, these women engage them in lengthy conversations as a delaying tactic aimed at getting an opportunity to drug them. Before they realise, the victim is sedated with some chemicals and they lose their ability to reason logically,” said Bernard Ayoo.
Mr. Ayoo said that it was during that state of confusion that victims were lured into handing over all their possessions to the con ladies.
He, however, lamented about the behaviour of several victims who withdrew cases after they got back their possessions.
“Victims who withdraw cases after the suspects are arrested are usually our biggest enemies as their actions encourage these con women to continue with the crime. Victims should allow for full pursuit of these cases so as discourage other perpetrators from engaging in similar activities,” said the OCPD.
Ayoo further warned Thika residents to be on the look-out for robbers posing as police officers.
“We are also aware of a gang posing as police officers and pretending to arrest people who are getting in or out of banks. If anyone approaches you in such a manner, just demand that they fully identify themselves. If you doubt them, seek assistance from officers manning the banks. Never get into a car without taking all precautions,” he advised.
Ayoo has appealed to any Thika resident who was ‘charmed’ into losing his or her money to report to Thika Police Station and identify if the two suspects were involved.
Of late, there have been numerous reports of people losing colossal sums of money near banking institutions within Thika Town through either sedated attacks or robbers posing as police officers.