A 26-year-old ex-prisoner, Lucas Ngugi Njoroge who was among petty offenders pardoned by President Uhuru Kenyatta on Mashujaa Day last Thursday, was caught stealing offering at a church located in Laikipia West of Kenya.
Eyebrows were raised according to Agnes Wambui, a worshipper at the Ol Jabet African Independent Pentecostal Church, when the suspect rose from his seat during offertory time and pretended to be making his contribution.
When it was discovered by some church members that instead of dropping his contribution, Mr Njoroge took out Sh900 and stuffed the money into his pocket, the service was disrupted.
Mr Njoroge was saved by Assistant Chief Charles Ngunjiri, a member of the church, who rescued him from angry worshippers who threatened to beat him up before the suspect was later escorted to the Ol Jabet Police Post for interrogation.
According to the administrator, Mr Njoroge at first denied stealing the money and claimed it was his but he later admitted that he had stolen it from the offerings basket.
“He later changed his story and said that he was in the process of putting the money back into the basket after realising that it was wrong to steal from the church,” Mr Ngunjiri said.
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