A section of residents in Embu town held a protest yesterday against a gang of swindlers who have been conning them.
They said the gang is conning people by selling to them fake phones with no arrest even after reporting to police.
They said the group of about twenty men and women move in a seven seater van targeting the elderly people to whom they sell smartphones.
They convince their victims that the phones are of high quality but are selling to them at half the market price.
After falling into the trap of the gang the victim realizes the phone lacks most of the essential features among other defects such as malfunctioning batteries and lower storage capacity than indicated on the phone.
Particularly they cited the group sold a tablet to an elderly man whose market price is Sh 30, 000 at Sh 9, 000 only to realize it was faulty.
The team is allegedly not issuing receipts to the customers and thus one is not able to pursue them in case an item is out of order.
Residents were concerned that even after reporting the matter at Embu police station severally they were not apprehended.
The residents have threatened to take the law into their hands if the security personnel fail to take action.
When contacted for comments, Embu West Sub-County Police Commander Charles Kinyua said he would pursue the matter and ensure the alleged group is arrested, urging the victims who have been conned to report to him personally for action to be taken.
Kinyua said water tight evidence from the victims will help in prosecuting the culprits, urging the county government to be wary of giving licenses to crooks.
When the press enquired of the legality of doing the business the group dispersed and disappeared into the streets while others fled away using their vehicle.
By Kimani Tirus