Two middle-aged women from Kakamega Town escaped lynching Wednesday evening after they were caught on CCTV cameras stealing body lotion and cooking oil from a local supermarket.
The incident happened at Mama Watoto minimart.
The store’s managers, Coleta Adagi and Adelide Ambalwa, told K24 Digital that they had — of late — been registering losses from the oils section, and decided to keenly monitor the surveillance cameras to establish whether products theft contributed to the losses.
On Wednesday, November 18, the two suspected thieves entered the store in the evening, and after visiting several shelves, went to the oils section, where the cameras caught them picking body lotion and cooking oil products from the shelves and hiding them in their handbags.
The two, thereafter, went straight to the exit with the intention of leaving without paying. It was then that security officers manning the minimart were alerted, and cornered the suspects.
Boda boda operators, who were operating outside Mama Watoto Supermarket, wanted to lynch the duo, but were restrained by the security officers at the store.
The two women were, thereafter, ordered to pay for the stolen goods ten times the total price. However, they said they did not have the money, and begged to be allowed to pay twice the total cost, a request which the store attendants accepted.
After a few minutes, Ksh5,000 was sent to one of the women’s mobile money wallet, and they settled the bill before being released.
According to the store’s managers, they have so far registered a loss of Ksh10,000 from the oils section due to shoplifting.