A 3-minute video of a Chinese national exposing the tactics thieves use before snatching a person’s phone has since gone viral on social media
A 3-minute video of a Chinese national exposing the tactics thieves use before snatching a person’s phone has since gone viral on social media, detailing count-by-count how the vice is carefully planned and masterfully executed.
The man is driven around the city, with phone in hand carelessly dangling outside the window of his passenger seat, a feat which draws the attention of the thieves.
One man stops in his tracks on seeing him at that position. He waits for another person to pass by him before accompanying him to the Chinese national, sneaking up on him and snatching his phone.
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However, the thief would be unsuccessful as the Chinese man clutched tightly to the gadget, a makeshift Samsung Galaxy A11 displayed for sale in phone shops, sold for nearly Ksh14,000.
It was a process, he found out, that took 0.24 seconds.
Another experiment involved two thieves working together. They run towards him before the lead criminal, in glasses and a mask, stops and walks casually.
However, the lead criminal is only a decoy, assigned to check if nearby residents could be watching him carrying out his heinous act. His accomplice steps back while he approaches the man, snatching his phone but failing as was in the first experiment, and being scared off by the Chinese man’s taser.
It is a process that took 0.20 seconds.
The third test involved another phone thief, this time he was clueless as to where he was going or what he was up to.
It is however a decoy as during the drive through, the thief approaches the man and snatches his phone, unsuccessfully as was the two tests, a process of 0.20 seconds.
The fourth experiment involved three men working together, two marking the Chinese man as a target while the third man appearing from behind the vehicle.
The third man also approaches him and tries to snatch his phone, a process of 0.20 seconds.
The experiments exposed the phone-snatching racket that has taken the city by storm, with muggers snatching from everyone, even police officers at work.
On July 7, a man onboard a bodaboda stole a traffic police officer’s mobile phone at Roysambu/Thika Road Mall (TRM) roundabout in Nairobi.
The National Police Service later dismissed the video, saying it was manipulated.
The man onboard a bodaboda snatching a traffic police officer’s mobile phone. /FILE