By Jacqueline Mwitwa in Lusaka
An unidentified thief escaped death, when an angry mob descended on him after he attempted to steal a carpet from an unfinished house in Kanyama Compound, West of capital Lusaka. The disgruntled thief managed to escape mob justice for attempting to steal a piece of carpet worth little than a meal at the expenses of his life.
According to the carpet owner, Joice Mulenga, the thief was seen loitering outside the unfinished house not knowing that he was spying with a view of stealing the carpet
Mulenga said the thief moved in to steal the carpet when she stepped out to buy tomatoes in the neighborhood.
On her return, she saw the thief leaving the unfinished house with her carpet.
Mulenga explained that she started screaming and her screams captured the attention of the mob that descended on him.
The situation that attracted onlookers that included women and children happened in the middle of the night. They used fists, sticks and all sorts of objects on him. The thief managed to escape with a help of good Samaritans but was heavily beaten. With the worsening Zambian economy, petty thieving is on the increase.