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I find stealing easier than auto repair -Suspect

A robbery suspect arrested by operatives of the Rapid Response Squad (RRS) said he found stealing more lucrative than work as an automobile technician. The…

A robbery suspect arrested by operatives of the Rapid Response Squad (RRS) said he found stealing more lucrative than work as an automobile technician.
The suspect, Seun Jimoh, 18, from Ondo State, was arrested in the early hours of Tuesday, in Oshodi, Lagos, while attempting to rob.
Jimoh, who was smartly dressed in a brown jacket and trousers and carried an executive bag that gave no inkling that he was a criminal, confessed to having already stolen four mobile phones from unsuspecting commuters in an early morning rush in the area before he was arrested.
Police officers told City News that Jimoh was about to remove the sum of N18,000 from the pocket of a commuter in the middle of a  rush for a bus when he was caught.
“Unknown to him, two of his victims were on the lookout for him after suspecting him stealing their phones. It was while they were standing at Oshodi under the bridge that they spotted him removing money from the pocket of a commuter, Gbenga Odeniyi.
“At that point, his earlier victims, Onuh Austine and Onesimus Paul, raised an alarm, which made Jimoh to promptly drop the money and take to his heels. But RRS operatives close to the scene chased and caught him,” one RRS operative said.
At the scene, the operatives, after listening to all the accusations, requested the victims’ phone numbers which were dialled and the phones rang from Jimoh’s handbag.
At the RRS’s headquarters, the suspect confessed to have stolen the phones during a bus stampede.
He said: “On Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, I am always at Oshodi pickpocketing. I stole an average of eight phones on Mondays and maybe like nine phones on Fridays. I don’t really get more than five phones on Wednesdays.
“I am an orphan. I was brought to Lagos by my uncle. He enlisted me in an automobile workshop but I ran away from there to Mushin where I honed my skills in pickpocketing. I sell the stolen phones at Alaba Rago to some ready buyers. They buy fairly used phones and materials from people like me.
“I have been in this business since 2013 and I have never been caught or imprisoned. I sell Nokia Microsoft for N7,000, Infinix Hot N8,000, Tecno Y series N7,000-N9,000 and small Samsung phones for N4,000.”
Jimoh said stealing came naturally to him and he had found it a lot easier to do than engage in the automobile repair job that he learnt.
Confirming the arrest, the state police spokesman, Superintendent of Police Dolapo Badmus, disclosed that the suspect had given information that would help track down his colleagues in the same trade as well as arrest buyers of stolen phones.
The suspect has been transferred to the Lagos State Taskforce on Environment for prosecution.

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