- The accused thief was caught with three accomplices robbing a home in the town of Tehuacan, central Mexico
- Furious residents stripped them and beat the four with sticks and metal pipes before tying them to trees
- The four criminals included a teenager and a woman believed to be pregnant
- One of the adult male criminals died of his injuries
A crowd of some 100 people discovered the four allegedly robbing electronics at a home in the town of Tehuacan, in the state of Puebla.
The residents seized the four - two men, a male teenager one woman said to be pregnant - and stripped them.
Then they beat them with sticks and metal pipes before tying them to trees.
The woman, who said she was pregnant, was 'struck in the face' while the teenager was tied by his hands and feet and beat up, local reports say.
He suffered wounds to his abdomen, legs, back and head.
'We warned them of what would happen if they returned to rob from us,' local neighbors, who said they were tired of thieves after a recent string of robberies, told local newspaper Excelsior.
The four alleged thieves included a woman (red pants) who was 'beaten in the face because she said she was pregnant' and teenage boy
Local cops tried to stop the brutal beatings but were pushed back by the crowd. State police had to intervene to bring the situation under control.
One of the four suspects died of his injuries.