Car thieves beaten, set ablaze by mob

February 17th, 2009 - 7:41 pm ICT by IANS  

Guatemala City, Feb 17 (IANS) Six suspected members of a car-theft gang were beaten and set on fire by an enraged mob in Guatemala’s Chimaltenango province, EFE reported Tuesday.
The five men and one woman, who suffered severe burns, have been admitted to a hospital.

Officials said residents in San Martin Jilotepeque town hit the criminals with sticks and stones, before setting them ablaze.

The police said the six members of the car-theft gang were trying to escape the town in a stolen vehicle when the residents caught them.

The local residents have been patrolling the neighbourhood by themselves due to inadequate security.

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