Two men were on Sunday lynched by irate members of the public in Egerton, Njoro, Nakuru County for stealing.

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The two are believed to be part of a gang that has been stealing from residents in Egerton.

Njoro Deputy Sub-County Police Commander Tom Opiyo who confirmed the incident said the two were intercepted by locals after breaking into one of the houses.

The two had stolen items from the house and they were caught by the angry residents as they tried to make away with the stolen items during the 6 am incident.

The suspects tried to escape but they were cornered by the members of the public who descended on them then set their bodies on fire before the police arrived at the scene.

The police recovered clothes, a gas cylinder and other household items from the suspects.

“The two men are not known in the area and we appeal to the public to present any information that can help us identify them. They are believed to be part of a group that has been terrorising residents.”

“Police arrived at the scene but found the two had already been lynched and their bodies set ablaze by a mob of more than 50 people. The mob apprehended the two, beat them up and set them ablaze using petrol and old tyres,” said Opiyo.

The police commander said bodies of the deceased were taken to the mortuary waiting identification adding that investigations into the incident have been launched.

John Ombati, a resident in the area said the suspects have been terrorizing residents in Egerton and stealing electronics and other household items.

“Cases of burglary have been on the rise in Egerton and Ng’ondu areas. The thieves normally target houses whose owners have travelled, including those belonging to students of Egerton University,” said Ombati.