The operatives of Rapid Response Squad, (RRS) of Lagos State Police Command, have arrested a pick-pocket suspect who claimed to be an expert in stealing.
The suspect popularly known as ‘Dayo Skippo’ after he was arrested at Ikeja-Under-Bridge told RRS decoy team in an interogation that he has been in the theft act for a long time, adding that it is the current economic situation that led him into crime.
The suspect, a secondary school drop-out further explained that all he needs to do is to have the slightest physical contact with his victim and their valuables are gone. “I can use my head to remove anything from your body. I will just pretend as if I know you somewhere and in the process of giving you salutations, your item is gone”, he confessed.
He also confessed that he doesn’t perpetrate the theft alone but works with some members of his group just in case the victim becomes suspicious, they would quickly swing into action.
One of his victims who narrated his encounter with the suspect, said,
“I went to Ikeja Computer Village to see a friend of mine, after seeing him on my way to the bus park, I just saw someone hugged me from behind and later apologized to me when I told him I didn’t know him; before I could look around again, I discovered my phone was gone already and the guy was nowhere to be found.
“I went back to my friend shop almost immediately to track my iPhone and the location I saw was that my phone was already in Lagos Island”.
The suspect however appealed during the interrogation to be given a second chance to turn a new leaf swearing that he will never go back to the act.
Confirming the incident, the Police PPRO, ASP Olarinde Famous Cole, said that there would be no hiding place for criminals in Lagos State adding that officers of the command are at alert to nip crime in the bud.
The suspect has been transferred to the State Criminal Investigation Department (SCID) Panti for further investigations.