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Women nabbed shoplifting shoe polish from a supermarket

10 April 2014, 09:23 Joseph Njung’eh

Nyeri - Three women were arrested Thursday for allegedly shoplifted four dozens of Kiwi shoe polish estimated to be worth more than KES 8 000 from Samrat Supermarket in Nyeri town.

The women are said to be among a group of five but two managed to escape while the trio was not lucky in the incident.

According to the purchasing manager of the major shop, Joseph Kinyua, the women are regular shoppers at the supermarket.

He said cases of shoplifting were rampant while stating that for the last two months, the supermarket has incurred a loss of close to KES 30 000 which they suspected could be as a result of theft by customers.

Kinyua revealed that the most targeted products were Luminarc plates and cups, shoe polish, packed milk and foodstuffs.

According to Kinyua, the women posed as genuine customers but were behaving suspiciously prompting him to take precaution by sending security officers to monitor them.

After some minutes, they were spotted stuffing shoe polish in their handbags.

He confirmed that shoplifting cases occur at the supermarket every week.

However, the suspects attributed the offence to unemployment and poverty.

One of the suspected shoplifters was a 26-year-old lady, Reachel Wanjiru from Kasarani, Nairobi, who claimed that she worked as a hawker in Nairobi town and has two children who depend on her.

The second was a 52-year-old woman, Muthoni Kamau from Kieni, Nyeri County.

Muthoni said she was a first timer in shoplifting and that poverty had prompted her to steal the products for resale so as to make money.

The third suspect was a 40-year-old woman, Lucy Njoki who said she worked as a barmaid at Kibingoti, Kirinyaga County.

A mother of five who could not stay on her feet claiming that she was expectant, Lucy said a good job would save her from crime.

She however denied the allegations. The three said that they had been lured into shoplifting by their accomplices who escaped with promises of making a good fortune from the stolen commodities.

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