Nairobi's celeb photographer loses Sh300K worth of equipment to ladies posing as clients

He has worked with many celebrities including Willis Raburu, Size 8, Churchill and Eric Omondi.

Photographers Tim Visuals and Faux Arts

Celebrity photographer Faustine Lipuka Lukale who is popularly known as Faux Arts has lost cameras and equipment worth Sh300,000 in a well coordinated heist at Roysambu area.

Faustine had given his equipment to another colleague Tim Visuals who was drugged by two ladies posing as clients.

The two have worked with many celebrities including Willis Raburu, Size 8, Churchill and Eric Omondi.

Tim narrated that the cons were referred to him by a photographer who said he was unable to take up the job and decided to pass on the opportunity to him.

The ladies asked the victim to meet them at an AirBnB at Boon Apartments in Roysambu on Tuesday, June 29.

Upon entering the house he was offered coffee and started feeling drowsy soon after. He was robbed of all the equipment including his Iphone.

CCTV footage obtained from the building showed the two ladies leaving at 10 am but by the time Tim regained consciousness, it was 8pm.

They reported the matter to the police and had a toxicology done, revealing that the victim was drugged using Benzodiazepines.

Benzodiazepines are a type of sedative medication. This means they slow down the body and brain’s functions.

Dorris, the lady in charge of the AirBnB, told the photographers that she did not capture the details of the two thieves who had rented the house.

Tim’s colleagues have accused her of being complicit in the heist because she was not cooperating and appeared agitated by the probe into the turn of events.

Doris also claimed that the CCTV cameras had not been working for some week but upon the intervention of the building’s caretaker he confirmed that the surveillance cameras were working.

I asked how they checked out without giving details but she changed the conversation and she claimed that they went for a snack. I asked her why she still didn't have their details and she started getting very agitated and when I asked if CCTV were working she rudely hang up,” one of the photographer’s colleagues said.

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