Police smash car snatching syndicates in Lagos
One of the syndicates specialized in car snatching within the South West region of the country, while the other specialized in house-to-house robbery within Orile-Agege area of the state.
Explaining how three suspected members of the car snatching syndicate were arrested, the Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), DSP Elkana Bala, said at about 4:30p.m. on April 15, police received an intelligence report of a notorious car snatcher operating within the southwest states.
“Immediately Supol Olatemiju Adebimpe led a team of police officers to Idimu, where they tracked and arrested 48-year-old Victor Umeh. One Toyota Camry car with plate number EKY784 DU was recovered from him. He confessed to have snatched the car from Imo State. According to him, he sold the vehicle and other cars snatched to a criminal receiver, Chidi Oledugbe at Orlu.
“Detectives proceeded to Imo on May 2, with Victor Umeh and arrested the criminal receiver, Chidi Oledugbe, aged 30 and recovered one Toyota Avalon car with registration number RRT 890 FF, one Toyota Camry tiny light with registration number AGL 264 DQ and one unregistered Toyota Sienna bus.
“Another suspect, Lateef Ibrhaim, who usually assisted in registering the robbed cars with fake custom papers and documents at Oyingbo licensing office, Lagos, was also arrested. The suspects have made useful statement and are currently assisting the police in tracking other fleeing members for possible arrest and recovery of more of the snatched cars and their operational arms and ammunition. The four recovered cars are currently packed at the IRT southwest Lagos annex office.”
On the house-to-house syndicate, Bala said four suspects were arrested. He explained that the gang had invaded a building in Orile-Agege on May 2, where one the residents identified as Joe Nwanegbo was mercilessly beaten while others were dispossessed of cash, telephones, laptops and other valuables.
Operatives led by Supol Balogun Lateef and a team of policemen from Elere police division, swung into action and arrested the suspects: Sodiq Lawal, 25, Bolaji Jaiyeola, 25, Ajewole Ajibola, 24 and Idris Ibrahim, 25.
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