Kamwangi police officers in collaboration with Nyumba Kumi members and the public on Wednesday late night thwarted Gatei village coffee factory theft raid.
Over 15 young men who invaded the factory at 11pm had already confiscated 31 sacks of coffee which police restored following a tip-off by the factory security guards and locals.
Infuriated residents burnt to ashes a motorbike believed to have been set to ferry the stolen coffee to undisclosed locations.
The factory which is located on the boarder of Gatundu North and South sub counties has escaped three robbery activities in the past three months with police intervening.
David Njau, the area Nyumba Kumi chairman said that the young, fully hooded youths escaped the wrath of irate locals after fleeing the factory through a backdoor fence.
He said that locals were tired of insecurity and were decided to do anything to anything to those found encouraging or perpetrating crimes.
“Our people have been awake to guard their coffee. We cannot allow lazy youths get away with what they haven’t toiled for. We thank police for responding very fast and that is how we managed to restore the 31 sacks of coffee,” said Njau.
Confirming the incident, Gatundu North deputy county commissioner Amos Mariba lauded locals for volunteering information stating that such continued collaborations will tame vices in the area.
“Although the young men managed to flee, we were able to restore all the coffee they were planning to ferry elsewhere. These goons have tried to rob the factory severally but police frustrated their efforts,” said Mariba promising to push for their arrest.
He however regretted the burning of the motorbike pleading with residents to avoid taking law in their hands.
Gatundu North residents have in the recent past decried alarming insecurity where young people have been breaking into houses and businesses stealing valuables