LIMA – Residents of a mining town in Peru’s southeastern Puno region burned three men alive after they stole gold from a local storage center, Peruvian police confirmed on Sunday.
The incident occurred on Friday when a group of criminals entered a gold storage center in the town of La Rinconada, in the Ananea district, and took a quantity of the precious metal.
However, a group of townspeople organized themselves to capture the men and managed apprehend four thieves, who were carrying the stolen gold with them.
After a quick informal “trial,” the villagers decided to burn three of the men alive, and their remains were found on Saturday by the police, but the fourth man saved his own life by claiming that he was forced to take part in the heist by the others, according to the daily Peru.21.
Police tried to rescue the criminals, but the mob did not allow them to approach the spot where they were carrying out the lynching.
The prosecutor in the zone on Saturday had the bodies collected, two of which were near the Lunar de Oro River and the third in a sports field at La Rinconada.
Apparently, the townspeople justified their action by saying they were intending to put a stop to recent thefts of gold they had mined.