, NAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 4 – A guard was shot and wounded as four gangsters – among them a woman – staged a daring daylight robbery at the Chandaria 2000 Ltd watch shop in the centre of Nairobi.
The four entered the shop on Kaunda Street posing as customers and inquired about expensive gold products.
“They came in the morning… we were in a good mood. They asked for gold products and showed us a variety of what they wanted,” Amit the shop owner explained to Capital FM News.
Amit together with other attendants at the shop were busy explaining and showing the ‘customers’ their products when suddenly three of them whisked out guns and ordered all the shop workers to lay on the floor.
“They showed us their guns and commanded everyone to lie down. Immediately they came inside the office (at the back of the shop),” Amit explained.
It was at that point that the watchman who was outside the shop raised alarm and he was shot twice on his knees.
He was later rushed to the Kenyatta National Hospital for medical attention.
Police were already at the scene by the time the Capital FM News crew arrived.
Central Police Chief Patrick Oduma said the thugs ran off after the shooting. He however disclosed they had a photograph of the woman who was working in cahoots with the thugs.
He said investigations are ongoing to apprehend the four suspects.
The shaken shop attendants and other workers in neighbouring shops on Kaunda Street expressed concern that the robbery was carried out in broad daylight.
They were concerned that robbers have attacked shops on the street several times in recent months, and now want more to be done to protect them especially as the Christmas season approaches.
Oduma said the police will do their best to ensure they deal with such criminals.
He commended security officers who arrived in plainclothes and police uniform shortly after the robbery took place.
“If those suspects could have delayed their escape they would have been caught. I assure Kenyans, security is tight… we are alert. This is a wakeup call and I m sure we are going to tighten up security beyond this level,” he pledged.