The operatives of the Rapid Response Squad (RRS) of Lagos State Police Command that apprehended them alleged that they specialised in stealing handsets and valuable items. The Police said the suspects, who burgle shops of innocent members of public at Abule-Oja in Yaba, were arrested by the Rapid Response Squad (RRS) of the Lagos State Police Command on Oct. 13.
The RRS Commander, ACP Olatunji Disu, told NAN that the thieves were arrested at about 6.22 p.m. after they had successfully stolen three handsets from a shop in the area. According to him, the policemen on patrol went after them when they received a distress call about the incident. “Our policemen who were on routine patrol around Yaba axis got a distress call from victims informing them that there were thieves who robbed them of their valuables.
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“The suspects took to their heels but the policemen chased and caught them while they attempted to mount a motorcycle, popularly known as Okada. “The duo was conveyed to the squad’s headquarters in Alausa for interrogation,’’ he said According to the ACP, investigation later revealed that the suspects steal phones and other valuable items from any shop they visited after pretending to be customers.
“Upon completion of our preliminary investigation, we discovered that the two suspects specialised in stealing phones and other valuable items under the pretence of buying products from any shop they visited. “The suspects confirmed that their tricks was to disguise as buyers and once they found out that the seller is sleeping or off their sights, they will pick their phones, money and other valuables,’’ Disu added.