It is the proverbial 40 days of a thief for a Kiambu woman accused of being notorious for drugging revelers before stealing from them.
Irene Njoki, who plies her criminal acts as “Michelle” to conceal her true identity, was on Friday, May 28 arrested after being on the run for many days.
The Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) says that Njoki hobnobs in various clubs within Kiambu looking for her victims, spikes their drinks with a tranquiliser that stupefies them for up to 12 hours, before robbing them of their money and other valuables.
“She has perfected her art in what is commonly described as ‘wekaing Mchele’ to the point of acquiring dozens of SIM Cards, where she deposits money stolen from stupefied victims’ bank accounts, then once the money has been successfully transferred, she withdraws it without raising any suspicion,” says the DCI.
She operates a syndicate in Kiambu
The DCI further alleges that Njoki is heading a syndicate of notorious criminals who prey on unsuspecting revelers, making merry in drinking joints within Ruaka and its environs in Kiambu County.
Kiambaa-based detectives have previously received reports from tenants who have lost household items, including their clothes, bedding, and utensils after they entertained a reveler whose description fits that of the suspect.
The sleuths recovered dozens of SIM cards, mobile phones, and wristwatches suspected to have been stolen from her ‘Mchele’ victims were recovered from her custody.
Also arrested was one Peter Irungu Wambugu, who is suspected to be an accomplice in the criminal activities.
The suspects are under lawful custody at Karuri Police Station, as they wait to be presented before the court on Monday, May 31.