Lwandeti residents, furious after thugs broke into a shop, burned down a motorbike in protest.
The robbers had managed to escape after they were ambushed in the wee hours of the night trying to hoard items from the wholesale premises.
The wholesale shop owner, Mr. Stephen Wanyonyi, had left work for home at around 8 pm before there was a power blackout in Lwandeti town at around 11 pm.
Mr. Wanyonyi went to check on the market, suspicious of the unlikely power outage and found guards absent and their phones unanswered.
“I decided to contact my neighboring businessman, who told me that he had also tried reaching them unsuccessfully. At around 12 am, I received an alert on my phone from the security alarm informing me that somebody had tampered with the alarm,” he told West FM.
This forced him to call some of his friends. When they went to his shop, they found the premises’ doors and windows untouched, but when one of the friends climbed on top of the roof to check, he found a section of the iron sheets cut and two men were inside the room.
“The two men managed to escape and disappeared into the dark but with injuries after the friend who was on top of the roof cut them with a machete,” Wanyonyi said.
The thieves, who had packed items and cash worth thousands of shillings ready to leave, left behind two mobile phones, an ID card and a motorbike packed outside a nearby shop.
The furious residents decided to set the motorbike on fire.
Sam Oduor is the editor-in-chief at the Western Kenya Times who leverages the power of the Internet in telling stories that shape opinions.