“I even stole sandals in the shop leaving behind my shoes,” he confessed.

Peter Wekesa wants a court to pardon him for stealing three phones from a beauty and massage palour in Nairobi’s central business district. “I even stole sandals in the shop leaving behind my shoes,” he confessed.

Police say Wekesa committed the offense on November 12 last year at the beauty shop in Dubai Mall along Ronald Ngala Street.

He stole a Tecno Spark2, Con 11 and Phantome phones belonging to Angelina Wavinya, Mary Akeyo and Rosemary Njuguna.

The court heard that Wekesa checked into the parlour and requested the three to polish his toe nails and was given sandals to wear while the ladies worked on him.

“At some point Wekesa excused himself to go answer to a call of nature, unknown to the three, he had picked their phones which were lying on a shelve and vanished,” reads court papers.

The three tried calling their phones but they had been switched off. They reported the theft to police and after a while Wekesa was spotted within the area, prompting the ladies to make a citizen arrest.

A penitent Wekesa pleaded guilty, before a Makadara court, saying he regrets the offense.

“The phones were carelessly kept, tempting me to steal. I nonetheless regret the offense and beg for leniency," he pleaded.

The court directed that a probation report on his social lifestyle be made by the probation office to help the court determine an appropriate sentence for the first time offender.