Police in Kilifi County on Sunday arrested four women and a male accomplice who spike night club revelers drinks and rob them of their belongings.
Department of Criminal Investigations (CID) said the party girls were part of a gang that scout upmarket pubs in Mombasa, Kilifi and Kwale counties and spike alcoholic drinks of male revelers.
Drink-spiking occurs when a drug is added to one’s drink without their knowledge and results in blackouts, coma or a loss of one’s senses.
Kilifi DCIO Christopher Chesoli said the suspects have been stealing from members of the public by lacing their drinks with drugs.
The unidentified drug is said to make the victims unconscious and lose memory for some time before being robbed of valuables and abandoned.
The goods recovered from the suspects include Mobile phones, laptops, computers, identity cards, ATM cards and certificates from victims.
The suspects James Ng’ang’a, Joyce Gatuto, Susan Gachuki, Pauline Wanjiku and Ann Wambui were arrested at the weekend at a certain guest house in Mtwapa ,Kilifi county and police say they have been trailing them from Kwale.
Chesoli said that they were going to give samples of the drug to the government chemist for testing to establish the kind of sedative used.
We have had a lot of complaints from patrons being robbed from bars and night clubs by people they don’t know, we tracked them on Thursday when they were at Diani in Kwale and fortunately we arrested them here, said the DCIO.
According to Chesoli , the suspects take whatever their victim is carrying before frisking the pockets in search of more valuables.
In many instances, they leave their victims’ clothes in tatters. It is a crime that, in most instances, takes about 30 seconds to one minute, not even giving onlookers time to react. The criminals then split into smaller groups and walk away from the scene nonchalantly.
He added that at times they use their vehicle when planning to rob at a place far from their residential place. The suspects will be arraigned in shanzu law courts on Monday, said Chesoli.
Source: Kenya News Agency